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XV International AIDS ConferencePhoto Journal by Bonnie Goldman


Off-Beat

Ten thousand abstracts, a record number, were submitted for presentation at AIDS 2004 by scientists, activists, policymakers, people living with HIV and those working on the front lines of the AIDS pandemic. Of them, 8,641 were accepted. These presentations were divided into five "tracks," or topics: A) Basic Science; B) Clinical Research, Treatment & Care; C) Epidemiology & Prevention; D) Social & Economic Issues; and E) Policy & Program Implementation.

Tracks A and B consisted of your typical conference fare: scientific posters and oral presentations about new antiretrovirals, adherence techniques, infection numbers, etc. The other three tracks, however, had all sorts of presentations. Here is a taste of some of the more unusual ones.

Conference Presentation   Conference Presentation
The text in this first panel of a unique, three-panel presentation reads, "Oh you filthy man! We can have sex, only if you will use [a] condom." ... more   Panel two reads: "Come on you clean boy! We need no condom to be bedable." ... more