For more information on this session, including access to speaker presentations, please see the conference Programme-at-a-Glance. Chairs: Debrework Zewdie (Ethiopia)Director, Global HIV/AIDS Program for the World BankHelene Gayle (United States)President and CEO of CARE USANora Volkow (United States)Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH
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The success of highly active antiretroviral therapy, HAART, has been evident for 15 years. Such long-term therapy can have complications though, especially when compounded by co-morbid conditions such as ageing and smoking.
Concerted global action has transformed the HIV and AIDS response into a top health and humanitarian priority.
The quality of the available public services which provide medical and social support are far from meeting the needs of injecting drug users (IDUs) and people living with HIV (PLHIV).
Speaker: Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
This session will examine how leaders from key populations have made a difference by being involved. It will look at selected examples of how their meangful involvement in AIDS policy and programme design has improved the AIDS response, from advocating to change counter productive policies and laws such as criminalization of behavior, to ensuring that universal access targets, AIDS strategies, programmes and monitoring and evaluation systems take into consideration their realities and needs.
Too many young people are living with or otherwise affected by HIV.
It is widely recognised that human rights protections are key to an effective response to HIV and AIDS, and that law reform processes are imperative to secure human rights in the context of HIV.
Participants of this roundtable include a chief of criminal policy, a high ranking police colonel who worked in drug law enforcement and the head of the Argentinean Public Defender’s Office. The moderator will lead the participants in a discussion of how law enforcement may contribute to a positive response to HIV, human rights, and public health and how the HIV community can engage the criminal justice system in a constructive dialogue.
The Opening Session from the XVIII International AIDS Conference held in Vienna, Austria, July 18-23, 2010.