HIVE and GlobalSHARE at AIDS2016
HIVE was out in full force at AIDS 2016. We came back with much to report on, especially from the perspective of our volunteer youth reporter, Taft Weber-Kilpack.
Here are some highlights and takeaways from our presence at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa:
– Use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis during pregnancy and lactation at 2 U.S. centers (A collaboration between HIVE, UCSF, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Medical Center)
– The Getting to Zero San Francisco consortium: early results (A collaboration between HIVE and Getting to Zero SF)
– Lessons learned from launching PleasePrEPMe.org, a crowd-sourced, location-based, searchable statewide California PrEP Provider Directory to connect consumers interested in PrEP to PrEP-friendly providers
Global Village Panel Discussion
At the Intersection of Reproductive Empowerment and Ending HIV Transmission: Expanding Safer Conception Options
This session brought together 11 speakers from 4 different countries to talk about safer conception and sexual/reproductive rights for people affected by HIV. Check out the blog by Taft Weber-Kilpack below for more about the session. (In collaboration with GlobalSHARE: Global Community for Sex, HIV and Reproductive Empowerment)
HIVE at the Research Literacy Networking Zone in the Global Village
Supporting Women & Youth: Perspectives from Canada, Nigeria, South Africa & the U.S.
This session was an informal chat with Global Village attendees about the various programs that our panelists represent. Our speakers included: Abosede Olutu, Amaka Enemo, Gcina Khumalo, Marvelous Muchenje, Rosina Machete & Shannon Weber. Read more about it below.
GlobalSHARE Guide to safer conception, reproductive health and family building events at AIDS 2016
HIVE and GlobalSHARE together created a ‘roadmap’ of posters, workshops and sessions relating to safer conception, reproductive health and empowerment. You can find our printable guide here.
Conference Programme Roadmap to Safer Conception, Reproductive Health & Family Building events at AIDS 2016
For the first time ever, the conference programme included a ‘Safer Conception, Reproductive Health & Family Building’ Roadmap. This roadmap was curated by GlobalSHARE & HIVE.
HIVE and GlobalSHARE were accepted to conduct a session at the Research Literacy Networking Zone (by AVAC) at AIDS 2016. Our session was about “Supporting Women & Youth.”
Before the fishbowl, I was thoroughly enjoying how informative the session was. But when someone starts speaking on behalf adolescents and saying we can’t be trusted to make decisions about our own bodies? Well, needless to say, I got mad. I was shaking I was so mad, and that made taking notes very very difficult.
LoveLife is an NGO based in South Africa that works to educate South African youth through leadership programs, with the aim of “Building Complete Young Leaders for a Better Future.”
We can’t do anything for young women without including them in the conversation. Inclusion is key if PrEP is going to be delivered to young women in an effective and sustainable manner. “Nothing for them without them!”
Gcina and Rosina are youth activists and advocates who work with Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. They also spoke on the GlobalSHARE Safer Conception panel in the Global Village on Tuesday.
Youth Reporter at #AIDS2016: At the Intersection of Reproductive Empowerment and Ending HIV Transmission: Expanding Safer Conception Options
On Tuesday afternoon, members of GlobalSHARE, a global community for sex, HIV, and reproductive empowerment, two Johannesburg youth and I participated in a panel about safer conception for sero-discordant couples, PrEP use during conception and pregnancy, and how to engage youth in the conversation about reproductive empowerment.
The chant as the stage was taken over was: “We have a virus. We are not criminals. End criminalization now!”
The Red Card contingent was carrying signs with all their slogans: “Blah Blah Blah,” “Your Morals are Killing Us,” “We Can Speak for Ourselves,” “Young not Dumb,” and “Park Your Privilege.” They very generously let me carry the “Young not Dumb” card, which I proudly marched with through the streets of Durban.
Distinguished persons (saying “ladies and gentleman” is just WAY too binary), let me tell you about how exhausting and exhilarating this conference is.
Use of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis During Pregnancy and Lactation at Two United States Medical Centers
#AIDS2016 PrEP during Pregnancy and while breastfeeding
#AIDS2016 #GettingToZero poster
#AIDS2016 PleasePrEPMe poster
#AIDS2016 POWER Health Poster
This year, the International AIDS Conference has a focus on Youth and how best to serve youth in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. I am HIVE’s Youth Reporter for the conference!
For those interested in more information and updates from the conference, check out:
– AIDSMap.com has a wonderful encapsulation of the conference here.
– AVAC has a great “Reflections from Durban” page that may interest you.
– Beta Blog By San Francisco AIDS Foundation insights can be found here.