July 27, 2012
Today was my last full day in D.C., and it has started to feel like everything is moving in slow motion. I've only just learned the shortest route between the exhibit hall and the media center, but now it's all closing up. But even as it starts to wind down, people are starting to look toward the future.
Criminalizing HIV promotes fear and stigma #AIDS2012— Petter Forkstam (@petterforkstam) July 26, 2012
Not surprisingly, at a conference like AIDS 2012, prevention is one of the most-talked about topics throughout. The discussion is enormous and multi-faceted, with everything from important stats to discussing who needs to be involved and looking at new programs and innovations.
And, of course, there are condoms everywhere, most especially thanks to the vocal and eye-catching condomize campaign. Though not everyone is a fan:
Best presentations at #AIDS2012 have been PowerPoint free. Coincidence?— Calum Davey (@calumdavey) July 26, 2012
Though the exclusion of sex workers and drug users who can't travel to the U.S. has been a huge disappointment throughout the conference, it's great that the HIV travel ban was repealed and that having AIDS 2012 here in the U.S. reminds us of the epidemic at home. The next conference will be held in Australia in 2014, and hopefully things will be looking much brighter then, as the community closes in on the goals set for 2015. It's hard to say what'll happen, but hopefully those goals will be met:
If we revive a sense of urgency & maximize prevention, we can ensure HIV is no longer a part of our lives #AIDS2012— Talk HIV (@talkHIV) July 26, 2012
Overs: the new era of HIV prevention has been described as game-changing. Optimism is palpable. #aids2012— Matthew Greenall (@mngreenall) July 26, 2012
New prevention isn't the only reason for optimism right now. Today featured a packed session about the cure, and some genuinely amazing news:
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