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AIDS Conference in Durban from July 18 to 22, 2016

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of July 20, 2016) Between July 18 and 22, 2016, the 21st International AIDS Conference is being held in Durban, South Africa. Unfortunately, the outlook of this conference organized by the AIDS Society is not as optimistic as last year.

This year, the program consists of over 500 different events with a total of 18,000 participants (researchers, policy makers and HIV-positive people). They are not talking about a real rise of the pandemic but are disappointed about its slower-than-expected deceleration.

AIDS Conference 2016

Welcome – to a more difficult situation than in 2015. ©Aids2016.org/Abhi Indrarajan.

A UNAIDS report reveals that the number of new HIV infections has not fallen in the last five years and that this number has even risen in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by 57% between 2010 and 2015.

Another alarming message from UNAIDS is that donor countries worldwide have strongly reduced their contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The total funding dropped from $8.6 billion in 2014 to $7.5 billion in 2015, which means by more than 10%.

Lastly, some changes recently made by Russia are expected to lead to a rising number of new HIV infections: In the future, Russia will consider some international NGOs as “foreign agents” whose actions will be limited or considered as “promoting homosexuality.” Those actions particularly relate to information and HIV prevention.

As during the previous AIDS conferences, the British organization Aidsmap is offering a multilingual conference information service. In particular, anyone interested can subscribe to a newsletter (in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). Apart from that, Aidsmap offers a website, an app, a blog, an RSS service and other information options.

Frank-S / MensGo
(Via Aidsmap Newsletter of July 13, 2016)

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