AIDS 2012

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) Looking back on last week’€™s AIDS2012 Conference, it is easy to see the impact that Washington, DC, and the proximity to Congress had on the tone of the discussion. Throughout the week-long conference, many of the events, panels, workshops and sessions highlighted the role of federal funding for global health research and development, as well as the impact of actions by Congress on the future of HIV/AIDS research. At Wednesday’€™s session, ’€œ The U.S. Congress and the Global AIDS Epidemic ,’€ former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist led a conversation with Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), showcasing the...
When advocates speak with one voice, amazing things can happen. Here in the U.S., with help from high-visibility breast cancer advocates, the federal budget for breast cancer research has increased nearly eight-fold over a 20-year span. More recently, the National Alzheimer’€™s Project Act redoubles public efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease. The fight against AIDS stands as perhaps the most telling example of the power of advocacy. The voices of so many, amplified by entertainment heavyweights, have helped shine a light onto efforts at combating the disease, from prevention to treatment. Research, of course, plays no small part in either area, from the tantalizing goal of a...
The International AIDS Conference has been in town all week, stirring up community excitement, celebrity activism, political commitment and scientific progress for global health, specifically for HIV/AIDS. There is talk of achieving an AIDS-free generation. ’€œWe can’€™t hope to eliminate AIDS in this country or around the world if we just tinker with one little problem or another timidly, at one time, if we let short-term thinking rule the day,’€ Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told a packed room Monday. ’€œSome will claim ’€¦ that in the midst of a global economic crisis we don’€™t have the luxury of leading on this issue, that we ought to scale...
The AIDS 2012 Conference is being held here in Washington, DC, this week. Research!America has been in attendance as well, and we’ve gathered some images from the global village and in different sessions to share with you. Check back later in the week for more images from the conference! A display from the Red Umbrella Project invites attendees to listen to the stories of sex workers. Another display from the global village, which hosts art, workshops and seminars, all free to the public. This sign, from an unidentified group, echoes a point Research!America makes in its advocacy. Artwork is displayed in the global village. This display is part of The Condomize Campaign ; according to its...