Today marks the end of the 17th International AIDS Conference. 25,000 delegates were in Mexico City this week to discuss the current state of the pandemic. While I was not able to attend this year’s conference, I have been following the proceedings online. What were some of the major themes? The infection rate in the US is higher than previously thought. We need to do a better job reaching out to men who have sex with men. We need to develop an effective microbicide. We need to serve our children more effectively. New media – blogs, podcasts, twitter, mobile phones – may help us get the message out.
Because of AIDS conference, there have been numerous reports about HIV/AIDS this week. Here are a few that I found interesting.
At InsideBayArea.com, Josh Richman tells us that Representative Barbara Lee (D – Oakland) has called for a domestic PEPFAR, stating that we need to spend billions here to fight HIV/AIDS.
At HuffingtonPost.com, Tamsin Smith urges us to develop intervention programs specifically designed to empower girls.
Also at HuffingtonPost.com, James Boyce makes a strong argument in favor of (RED). He argues that programs like this, termed Creative Capitalism by Bill Gates, work.
I hope you take the time to read this articles. And feel free to comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Until next time, I’m Dave Wessner.