The Good the Bad and the Ugly: AIDS 2014

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As with most things in life, the 20th International AIDS Conference (IAC) and its associated events, were full of “highs,” but neither void of the “lows,” nor the “really lows” for that matter. Here I’ll recap the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2014 Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) Interfaith Preconference and International AIDS Conference based solely on my opinion as a three time participant of both events.

The Good

The Interfaith Preconference brought together the world’s foremost faith leaders in HIV and AIDS to address what most faith groups are reluctant to discuss: faith, stigma, sex, and HIV. The preconference had representation from the Jewish, Buddhist, Christian and Hindu communities but also offered a high level panel discussion in conjunction with the Catholic Preconference, which included the likes of Dr. Luiz Loures and Dr. Deborah Birx. To conclude the Interfaith Preconference, the EAA highlighted the voices of…

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