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XV International AIDS ConferencePhoto Journal by Bonnie Goldman

Randall Tobias
Randall Tobias, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, was the center of a lot of controversy and protest at this conference. At a Global Health Council party, he spoke about the white string bracelet he had been given by people with HIV for good fortune and how he was told to wear it until it fell off.

The day this photograph was taken was one of his most challenging. Earlier, he was the keynote speaker of a conference session, where he was shouted down by around 60 protesters yelling, "Bush lies, people die. Generic AIDS drugs now." They stood and held up signs that read, "He's lying." Tobias stood silently, refusing to speak, until someone got the protesters to sit down. The protesters, in addition to demanding generic drugs for people with HIV and condoms for all, also opposed President George W. Bush's five-year, $15 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which prefers what is termed an "ABC approach" to HIV prevention: Abstain, Be faithful, or if those fail, use Condoms. (To see more photos of this protest, click here.)