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XV International AIDS ConferencePhoto Journal by Bonnie Goldman


Perhaps UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said it best: Until countries acknowledge and reach out to homosexuals, sex workers and intravenous drug users, the AIDS epidemic will continue to spread. For the first time at a major AIDS conference, sex workers had a noticeable presence. Every day, Thai sex workers performed on the conference grounds; the performances included go-go dancers with fold-away poles. Their goal: to demonstrate that the work they do in Bangkok's bars and elsewhere is legitimate and should be respected.

Besides the Global Village, there was also a large exhibition hall divided into two parts: a nonprofit section and a larger for-profit section. The for-profit section had lots of small booths rented by science book publishers and the like, as well as a few immense, well-furnished pharmaceutical company booths. The nonprofit section contained lots of local Thai non-governmental agencies, as well as a surprisingly large representation from China and Russia. Of course, the United States was well represented, and organizations from other parts of the world were represented, too. Many of the booths and exhibits in this section focused on HIV prevention efforts.

Visual Power   Fundamind
A flying condom from an organization called Visual Power.   A flower wearing a condom, part of an Argentinean exhibit from a group called Fundamind ... more