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Conference Buzz: Days Two and Three

July 21, 2010

Each day during AIDS 2010, we'll be following tweets, blog entries, and news stories coming out of the conference and posting a daily roundup of some of the most interesting news to hit the Web.

There were three conference stories that lit up twitter in the last two days: Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and CAPRISA004.

  • Bill Clinton gave a lecture at July 19 plenary session. Most people liked the speech, which covered harm reduction (@alissadadler), funding (@hughstephens) and ended on an upbeat note, saying that in most people, "The positive is just a little bigger than the negative." (@EGPAF.) But others were also underwhelmed, for example, one tweet read "Clinton has so far talked-up big pharma (Pfizer) and stumped for Obama. Yawn." (@papershadow.)
  • Bill Gates spoke at another plenary, later on July 19. Like Clinton, he focused on funding (@GLOBALHEALTHorg), stating, "We don't have enough money to only treat our way out of the epidemic. We must innovate to do more with less money." ( @westlundhouse.) He also spoke about male circumcision as an important step in reducing the epidemic (@GLOBALHEALTHorg). One tweet joked afterwards, "Impressed with Bill Gates focus on HIV & global health over past decade (and can we imagine Steve or Larry doing the same?)" (@lizatblackrose.)
  • CAPRISA004 is a proof-of-concept study for a microbicide gel, and had the whole conference buzzing on July 18 (@UNAIDS). It appears to work well, which makes it an impressive scientific achievement (@ IAVISeth), leaving people extremely optimistic (@MeganKONeill).
  • Canada Booth

    One protestor slashes Canada booth in protest against lack of Government funding for harm reduction, by Alissa Sadler.

    AIDS2010 isn't only about the research and the speakers, however. It's also about the feelings, and the passion, that unites attendees. As the My Health Connections Blog put it:

    Thousands of us will be united this week during AIDS2010. Regardless of what we do in our working lives, regardless of where we work, and regardless of the challenges we face in that work, we share a common goal: a world without HIV. A world without stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV. A world without injustice and indignity.

    By coming together en masse, we draw attention to the global pandemic which has claimed millions of lives thus far. Far too many lives. We will command the attention of those who do not live daily with the knowledge that countless many are suffering either from illness, lack of treatment or social ostracism. In this space which we occupy and journey to, we are accepted for who we are irregardless of our sero-positive status.

    Notable, Quotable ... In 140 Characters or Less

    Wonder how much Bristol-Myers Squibb paid to get on laniards of 30,000 conference goers?

    Photo Round Up

    July 20 saw a sudden protest in the media room, as activists came in and chanted. That evening was also a march for human rights.

    Images from around the conference:

    If you're tweeting about AIDS 2010 and want to follow you, send us an @reply. And of course, don't forget to follow on Twitter as we update with conference coverage!

    Becky Allen is's site manager.


This article was provided by TheBody. It is a part of the publication The XVIII International AIDS Conference.
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