Global Health Leaders to Sound Alarm on Dual Crises of HIV, Discrimination among Gay Men During Vienna Press Briefing

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WHAT: Press Briefing – Be Heard: Elevating Issues Concerning MSM, HIV and Human Rights Key global health leaders to discuss the current state of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) and the role that tragic human rights violations and ignorance play in the spread of the virus.


Tuesday, July 20:

1PM – 2PM


Confirmed speakers are: George Ayala (Executive Officer, Global Forum on MSM & HIV); Paul DeLay (Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS); Elly Katabira (President-Elect, International AIDS Society); Stephen Lewis (Co-Director, AIDS-Free World); Othman Mellouk (HIV Activist, Morocco); Joel Nana (Executive Director, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights); Gift Trapence (Executive Director, Centre for the Development of People, Malawi).


International AIDS Conference

Messe Wein Conference and Exhibition Center

Press Conference Room 1


The Vienna press briefing takes place during AIDS 2010, the XVIII International AIDS Conference (IAC). Only two percent of the Conference’s sessions explicitly address the stunningly disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS among gay men.

Presentations will include key findings from BE HEARD, a day-long, July 17 conference event to comprehensively address soaring global rates of HIV among MSM. BE HEARD is the largest event of its kind, with over 500 attendees from more than 80 countries. The program will highlight a wide array of the most pressing health and human rights issues facing sexual minorities today, including the criminalization of homosexuality, new biomedical approaches to HIV prevention, and the spread of HIV among MSM in low- and middle-income countries. Media registration is also available for the BE HEARD conference by contacting the representatives listed above.

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