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Alliance participates in 2009 US AIDS Conference


Aids Alliance

The Alliance participated in the 2009 US Conference on AIDS in San Francisco, California on 29-31 October. The conference, organised by the National Minority AIDS Council, was attended by over 3,000 professionals to build national support networks, exchange information and learn cutting- edge tools to address the challenges of HIV.

At the conference, Anton Kerr, Policy Manager, and Natasha Sakolsky, US Director, joined UNAIDS, Health GAP and The AIDS Institute in a workshop entitled “Aligning the US Domestic Epidemic and the US Global AIDS Response in Solidarity.

The workshop aimed to foster understanding, communication, and collaboration in increasing access to prevention services. It also identified the similarities between the US domestic and global responses in terms of advocacy around structural interventions for policy and legal reform, and expanding the capacity of integrated health care systems.

Anton Kerr commented: ‘This is the first time the Alliance has participated in this event. It was an opportunity to highlight US-supported Alliance work with vulnerable groups (men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who use drugs), as well as discuss our own advocacy work linking support for community action on AIDS to the wider global health debate.’