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18 Powerful Messages From The Global HIV/AIDS Community

We asked delegates at Melbourne’s International AIDS Conference to share something important. These are their must-read answers.

1. Eric Barttley, Housing Works, United States.

Eric Barttley, Housing Works, United States.

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2. Noi Apisuk, Empower, Thailand.

Noi Apisuk, Empower, Thailand.

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3. Benedicte Kouassi, ITPC, Cote D’Ivoire.

Benedicte Kouassi, ITPC, Cote D'Ivoire.

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“With treatment the risk of HIV transmission is reduced by 96%.”

4. Nadine Legret, Esther, France.

Nadine Legret, Esther, France.

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5. Grant Dobson, Victorian AIDS Council, Australia.

Grant Dobson, Victorian AIDS Council, Australia.

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6. Robinson Castillo, Domenican Republic.

Robinson Castillo, Domenican Republic.

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“If you’re transgender you can take your hormones with your HIV medication!’

7. Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Australia.

Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Australia.

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8. Ian McKnight, CVC, Jamaica.

Ian McKnight, CVC, Jamaica.

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9. Ina Rosenstiel and Greta Philine Jeske, dotHIV, Germany.

Ina Rosenstiel and Greta Philine Jeske, dotHIV, Germany.

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“Antiretrovirals: In developing countries they cost $140 for a full year.”

10. Lotte Romero, IESSDEH, Peru.

Lotte Romero, IESSDEH, Peru.

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“Did you know?… Only 27% of Peruvians with HIV know they have HIV.”

11. Zakaria Bathout, International Treatment Preparedness Commission, Morocco.

Zakaria Bathout, International Treatment Preparedness Commission, Morocco.

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“In my country people especially young people and gay people are not able to get tested and have access to health services. Zakaria, Morocco.”

12. Devan Shea and Beirne Roose-Snyder, Change; Center For Health and Gender Equity, The United States.

Devan Shea and Beirne Roose-Snyder, Change; Center For Health and Gender Equity, The United States.

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13. Liu Peng and Liu Tong Tong, Chinese Association for STD/AIDS Prevention and Control, China.

Liu Peng and Liu Tong Tong, Chinese Association for STD/AIDS Prevention and Control, China.

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“There are currently nearly 1000 community based organisations actively participated in AIDS response in China.”

14. Linh Do, Health campaigner, Australia.

Linh Do, Health campaigner, Australia.

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15. Ana Pascom, Ministry of Health, Brazil.

Ana Pascom, Ministry of Health, Brazil.

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“Do you know that Brazil has implemented treatment as prevention since 2013 and by June 2013 the number of new patients already increased by 38%?”

16. David Carey, Victorian AIDS Council, Australia.

David Carey, Victorian AIDS Council, Australia.

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17. William Bright, Stop AIDS Liberia!, Liberia.

William Bright, Stop AIDS Liberia!, Liberia.

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18. Brent Allen, Living Positive Victoria, Australia.

Brent Allen, Living Positive Victoria, Australia.

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