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Start Date & Time
August 3, 2008
All day event.

End Date & Time
August 8, 2008
All day event.

Location
TBA
Ciudad De Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Event Cost
TBA with lower fees for youth and people from non-OECD countries

Event URL
http://www.aids2008.org

RSVP Info
Name: GYCA Inquiries
E-mail: info@youthaidscoalition.org

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 Art-therapy 1: Kevin - Posted By: Fareasternsoul

Self-expression of “Kevin’s Victimisation Transformed into Art by the Artist's Hands through Art Counselling

Name of Child: Kevin, started prostitution at age 8
now 16 years old working as peer educator under the
UNICEF Country Programme for Children –6
Counselling-artist: Levi Salmon
Counsellor: Virginia Tinsay-Advincula, RSW
Original piece bought by: Ms. Mylene Salamero at the AIDS Conference Mexico, August 6, 2008

October 8, 2008 | 03:50:47

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 The First Step Forward on the US Travel Restriction - Posted By: LauraK

A week after President George W. Bush signed legislation repealing the travel restrictions placed on HIV-positive individuals visiting or immigrating into the United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee, from California, shared the process that concluded in the repeal with an audience at the XVII International AIDS Conference. The consequences of travel restrictions like those practiced by the United States, and still practiced by many other countries all over the world, were made clear during the question period. One man came forward to express the sense of betrayal felt by those forced out by the restrictions, he had personal experience as a US citizen living in Canada with a partner who is HIV-positive. He still loved his country, he told the panel, but he was ashamed and angry with his government for initiating the repressive legislation that forced him to choose between his country and his partner, as well as for taking 20 years to address it. The XVI International AIDS Conference, held in Toronto in 2006, drew attention to the restrictions. Many HIV-positive individuals faced difficulties traveling to the conference, since many flights into Canada would take them through the US. Congresswoman Lee attended AIDS 2006 and realized that the only way to put the United States on the "correct side of history", on this particular issue, was to abolish the travel restrictions completely, in her words: "Human rights are not won by appeasement or incrementalism." Although repealing the travel restrictions had support from both Democrats and Republicans, as well as a consensus in the medical community that travel restrictions did nothing to protect public health, it was a time when there was hostility towards any immigrant-related reform amongst the general public. However two years later the repeal is a major step forward, although it is not the final step. It is now up to the Secretary of Health to change regulations to reflect the new legislation. HIV must be taken off of the list of diseases that mean inadmissibility to the United States, but Congresswoman Lee is confident that this will happen soon. So confident she has suggested her constituency, Berkeley, California, be considered for the next International AIDS Conference. Near the end of the session the conversation was brought back around to other human rights areas where the United States is lacking. One woman approached the microphone to congratulate Congresswoman Lee on her role in repealing the travel restrictions, but also to say that she would not personally attend an AIDS Conference in the United States until an apology was issued for all the human rights abuses it commits in other countries. Although using a session on travel restrictions against HIV-positive individuals as a platform for chiding the US on Iraq, or as she put it "marching into other countries" in the name of democracy, seems slightly inappropriate, it is a part of what the conference is about. Congratulating and celebrating to encourage progress, along with questioning and criticizing to show that we have not forgotten what remains to be addressed.

August 6, 2008 | 21:33:23

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 Not Welcome - Posted By: LauraK

A week after President George W. Bush signed legislation repealing the travel restrictions placed on HIV-positive individuals visiting or immigrating into the United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee, from California, shared the process that concluded in the repeal with an audience at the XVII International AIDS Conference. The consequences of travel restrictions like those practiced by the United States, and still practiced by many other countries all over the world, were made clear during the question period. One man came forward to express the sense of betrayal felt by those forced out by the restrictions, he had personal experience as a US citizen living in Canada with a partner who is HIV-positive. He still loved his country, he told the panel, but he was ashamed and angry with his government for initiating the repressive legislation that forced him to choose between his country and his partner, as well as for taking 20 years to address it. The XVI International AIDS Conference, held in Toronto in 2006, drew attention to the restrictions. Many HIV-positive individuals faced difficulties traveling to the conference, since many flights into Canada would take them through the US. Congresswoman Lee attended AIDS 2006 and realized that the only way to put the United States on the "correct side of history", on this particular issue, was to abolish the travel restrictions completely, in her words: "Human rights are not won by appeasement or incrementalism." Although repealing the travel restrictions had support from both Democrats and Republicans, as well as a consensus in the medical community that travel restrictions did nothing to protect public health, it was a time when there was hostility towards any immigrant-related reform amongst the general public. However two years later the repeal is a major step forward, although it is not the final step. It is now up to the Secretary of Health to change regulations to reflect the new legislation. HIV must be taken off of the list of diseases that mean inadmissibility to the United States, but Congresswoman Lee is confident that this will happen soon. So confident she has suggested her constituency, Berkeley, California, be considered for the next International AIDS Conference.

Near the end of the session the conversation was brought back around to other human rights areas where the United States is lacking. One woman approached the microphone to congratulate Congresswoman Lee on her role in repealing the travel restrictions, but also to say that she would not personally attend an AIDS Conference in the United States until an apology was issued for all the human rights abuses it commits in other countries. Although using a session on travel restrictions against HIV-positive individuals as a platform for chiding the US on Iraq, or as she put it "marching into other countries" in the name of democracy, seems slightly inappropriate, it is a part of what the conference is about. Congratulating and celebrating to encourage progress, along with questioning and criticizing to show that we have not forgotten what remains to be addressed.

August 6, 2008 | 21:23:13

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 Blogging AIDS - Posted By: LauraK

It is day number three of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City and so much has happened over the last three days (not to mention the three-day Youth Pre-Conference that preceded it) that it would be impossible for me to write a blog long enough or detailed enough to convey what it has been like for the youth delegates to AIDS 2008. Luckily I don't have to, because they are doing it for themselves. Youth here are armed with cell phones, digital cameras, video cameras, laptops and they're everywhere. Youth are in the sessions, plenaries and skill building workshops, youth are asking questions and raising their voices, youth are participating in AIDS 2008 and capturing all of it with digital media. The Youth AIDS site is filling up daily with videos, blogs and photographs from each corner of the conference and from diverse youth perspectives. The Youth delegates to Austria in 2010 will have a lot of work ahead of them to surpass the amount of digital media being produced by youth here at the Mexico City conference – hopefully they will be up to the challenge!

August 6, 2008 | 15:56:43

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 XVII International AIDS Conference: Global Village and Marketplace Booths Participation of KGPP, Inc. - Posted By: Fareasternsoul

Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay has been selected for a space for the NGO Booth and marketplace booths at AIDS2008 at the Global Village in the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, 3-8 August 2008.

The NGO Booth will showcase the youth-led initiatives of the organiztion addressing the risks and vulnerabilties of most-at-risk children, youth and women in Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Municipality of Estancia in Western Visayas Region.

The NGO booth will also showcase the YouthActionNet Global Fellowship of the International Youth Foundation and the "connecting youth to create change" activities of YAN ambassadors and fellows.

The Marketplace booth will showcase one souvenir item - a mini t-shirt with HIV/AIDS messages made by street children in Iloilo City to be sold at 10 USD each or buy one-set of 10 pcs at 75 USD. The proceed will go to the 5-year plan to build a small school for children and youth in difficult circumstances. IEC materials in Hiligaynon Langauage and Organizational Brochures will also be displayed and distributed.

Please make a visit to support our project and be part of our family and dream.

May 10, 2008 | 14:26:47

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 XVII International AIDS Conference Mexico: Poster Exhibition Participation of KGPP, Inc. - Posted By: Fareasternsoul

Two abstracts from HIV/AIDS Prevention for Most-at-Risk Children and Youth in Western Visayas has been selected for Poster Exhibition at the XVII International AIDS Conference to be held at Centro Banamex, Mexico City

Abstract 1: AIDS-Talk Marathon: Young People's Movement to Halt and Reverse HIV (formerly HAYAP on Tour)
Presenting Author: John Piermont V. Montilla [1]
Team Leader: Andrie Nelson Ceballos [2]
Advocacy Supervisor: Stanley Fabila-Lazalita [3]

Institutes:
1 KGPP, Inc.
2 Peer in Action Core Team
3 UNICEF CPC-6 Advocacy and Social Mobilization: SocMob Component

Schedule of Presentation: Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Location: Poster Exhibition, Hall D at Centro Banamex


Abstract 2: Mainstreaming HIV Prevention Policies and Programme in the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children through Participation of At-risk and Vulnerable Children and Youth: The Barangay Sum-ag of Bacolod City Experience
Presenting Author: John Piermont V. Montilla [1]
Supervisor: Philip Castro, RN, MHSS [2]
Advocacy Policy Champion: Hon. Brgy. Capt. Sayson [3]
Local Catalysts: Linda Ablanque, RSW [4]
Advocacy Supervisor: Stanley Fabila-Lazalita [5]
Project Coordinator: Virginia Tinsay-Advincula, RSW [6]

Institutes:
1 KGPP, Inc.
2 UNICEF CPC-6 Advocacy and Social Mobilization: Advocacy Policy Component
3 Brgy. Council for the Protection of Children, Brgy. Sum-ag Bacolod City
4 Department of Social Services and Development Bacolod City
5 KGPP, Inc. HIV and AIDS Division

Schedule of Presentation: Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Location: Poster Exhibition, Hall D at Centro Banamex

Please visit during my presentation on how our organization go about in working with most-at-risk children and youth and our local government in accelerating local responses on HIV and AIDS. Please prepare your questions and I will provide you our insights and perspective especially the voices of children I had bring with me. Those who cannot attend, please use this blog for knowledge exchange

May 10, 2008 | 14:13:31

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