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Following the Current

The Montrose Center is one of the official hubs of the XIX International AIDS Conference that was held in Washington DC this year.

The biennial International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. Unfortunately immigration, financial and/or time constraints prevented many people from being able to attend the conference in person. As a conference hub, our goal is to ensure our Gulf Coast region is part of the global discussion among key stakeholders.

If you weren’t able to attend the International AIDS Conference 2012 but want to join the conversation, we welcome you to attend one of three FREE presentations at Montrose Counseling Center. All sessions are open to the general public, however we do ask that you register online here.

Session 1

September 21 • 12pm – 2pm
Turning the Tide of the Impact of HIV in Black Diaspora Communities

This session will explore multifaceted populations of the African/Black/Caribbean Diaspora (ABCD) populations. Diasporas have commonly been defined as migrant and/or mobile populations and their descendants who may or may not have maintained strong links with their countries of origin. Civil society, governments, researchers and donors in both origin and destination countries are building greater awareness and urgency regarding the impact of diaspora contexts on health, the law, human rights, and other determinants of health. Factors such as migration, settlement, mobility and international travel form the bridge between the epidemics in high HIV-prevalence countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean and the emerging epidemics for ABCD populations living in low-prevalence, high-income countries in the global north.

Session 2

November 10 • 10am – 12pm
Microbicides and PrEP: Back to Basics

The recent successes in Microbicides and PrEP trials define a turning point in biomedical prevention research. This session will reference the current state of microbicides and PrEP research and outline a path for future research and implementation. Following a series of brief presentations discussing the next steps in research needed to advance the field, a panel will provide real world considerations for making PrEP and microbicides available to the public.

Session 3

December 1 • 10am – 12pm
Treatment as Prevention: Is It Time for Action?

This session will focus on the timely and important issue of antiretroviral therapy (ART) as a prevention intervention and will be of interest to clinicians, researchers, programme managers and policy makers. The opportunities and challenges implicit in this approach will be presented by various speakers, each bringing a different perspective on the issue. Together, the session participants will define a path to move forward a prevention agenda that incorporates treatment and take into account programmatic, clinical and ethical issues.
Please feel free to bring your own breakfast, lunch or snack to the presentation. Continuing education units are not offered for these sessions; however, certificates of attendance will be provided.

Session 1

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