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NAPWA at IAC 2012

August 12, 2012

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July 24, 2012: Tuesday, the Second Day

Three major themes today (apart from a heat index closing in on 100).

  1. The morning Plenary session was about science -- and it didn't make headlines. There's real hope that a vaccine and an eradication or functional cure may be on the way. But neither will be effective to end the epidemic if we don't make good use of the tools we already have.
  2. The working sessions focused on the hard work needed to make them work -- and fighting stigma leads the lists. A morning session on the impact of HIV on transgendered people looked at the disproportionate number of transwomen who become infected, linked it to the high proportion of them who exchange sex for the necessities of life (let's stop calling it sex work and call it what it is: sex for survival), and linked that to more conventional employers sacking them or refusing to hire in the first place. An afternoon session focused on HIV and the law: the role of legal and cultural disenfranchisement of women in Arab countries in making women vulnerable to HIV, and the role of HIV-specific criminal laws in the West in reinforcing stigma and discouraging tresting, disclosure, and treatment.
  3. The Global Village hit its full stride. It opened Monday, but the crowds came Tuesday. The Village is open to the general public, not just Conference delegates and People with Press Passes (PWPP), and it's well named: very global, and very much a village.

It's a village with a wonderful carnival atmosphere -- where else would you ever find a tasting bar for water-based lubricants? Native Americans from the Lower-48 and Alaska drummed up a storm to decolonize HIV, and their very cute one-year-old found hours of innocent amusement exploring the properties of a banana peel.

NAPWA is sharing a Global Networking Zone space in the Village with the Europe-based global HIV-positive group GNP+ and France's Aides (nice Anglo-French pun in their name, if you're bilingual, but your editor spent the day rediscovering how difficult it is to carry on a conversation in English while there's an interesting presentation going on in French in the background). We hobnobbed with AIDS Committee Toronto and Germany's Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe and admired T-shirts saying, "Put the sex and drugs back in prevention."


A demonstration heads out.

A demonstration heads out.

And another ...

And another ...

CDC's Rashad Burgess and visitor at NAPWA's Global Village Booth.

CDC's Rashad Burgess and visitor at NAPWA's Global Village Booth.

NAPWA's SABER program manager Mimi Miner talks with Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

NAPWA's SABER program manager Mimi Miner talks with Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Mimi promoting SABER at NAPWA's booth.

Mimi promoting SABER at NAPWA's booth.

NAPWA VP for Development Les Talley with Congresswoman Lee.

NAPWA VP for Development Les Talley with Congresswoman Lee.

NAPWA's Steve Bailous, ViiV's Bill Collier, and NAPWA Frank Oldham, Jr.

NAPWA's Steve Bailous, ViiV's Bill Collier, and NAPWA Frank Oldham, Jr.

NAPWA's Bayard Rustin Project display at the booth.

NAPWA's Bayard Rustin Project display at the booth.

CONDOMIZE!'s Lubricant Tasting Bar -- really.

CONDOMIZE!'s Lubricant Tasting Bar -- really.

Positive Voice editor in chief Peter Kronenberg.

Positive Voice editor in chief Peter Kronenberg.

Positive Voice deputy editor Paul DeMiglio.

Positive Voice deputy editor Paul DeMiglio.

The Global Village's littlest delegate.

The Global Village's littlest delegate.

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