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).
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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.
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.
AIDS 2010: The Forgotten Epidemics: HIV and HCV in Prisons, Pre-Trial Detention, and other Closed Settings
Rates of HIV and HCV in prisons, pre-trial detention centers and other closed settings are much higher than in the community, and risk behaviours – in particular consensual and non-consensual forms of sexual activity and injecting drug use – are prevalent behind bars.
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
Speaker: Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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.
Concerted global action has transformed the HIV and AIDS response into a top health and humanitarian priority.
Jon Cohen, a reporter for Science magazine, provides daily insights and observations from the conference in interviews with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Jackie Judd.