By Yolanda Simon – Latin America & The Caribbean NGO Delegate
In the run up to AIDS 2014 which takes place in Melbourne, Australia, 20-25 July, the Programme Committee Co-Chairs held a two day working meeting in Paris, 16-17 January 2014. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the bridging session proposal and committee priorities.
A total of 8 sessions were selected, and these have been forwarded to the Conference Coordinating Committee CCC for concurrence; however, this may be subject to change. We will know more at the next CCC meeting which takes place in Melbourne in April, 2014.
The proposed sessions are as follows:
- Smooth Transition: From Pediatric to Adolescent Care for Perinatally-infected children.
- The intersections of LGBT Rights and HIV/AIDS
- Partnerships in the AIDS Response: Community, Academia and Policy-Makers
- Treatment as Prevention
- When Science meets the Bedroom: 50 Shades of Pleasure and Prevention
- Aging: Biomedical and Psycho-Social issues
- Planning and Implementing Successful multidisciplinary Health programmes
- Access to Hepatitis C testing and treatment.
With specific reference to the work of the Community Programme Committee (CPC), on which Khartini Slamah is the Regional Co-Chair and I am the International Co-Chair, here is a snapshot of where we are:
One of the current CPC symposia on Sex Work Rights has been recommended to be named as the Andrew Hunter Memorial Symposia, to honor the memory of Andrew Hunter who passed away a few months ago. The lead rapporteur for the CPC has been chosen: Len Tooley, a Canadian working in Toronto at CATIE. The Co–Chairs are working with Len to choose his 4 assistants, which we hope to finalize soon. Finally in addition to Khartini and I, the local Co-Chair for the CPC is Brent Allan, Executive Director of Living Positively Victoria, Australia.