Press Conference at AIDS 2014: MSM and transgender people need more options to protect themselves from anal STIs and HIV

International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA), Research Institute for Health Sciences (RIHES) Chiang Mai University, AVAC - Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), AIDS Society of India and Citizen News Service (CNS) are together organizing a press conference on "men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people need more options to protect themselves from anal STIs and HIV" at the XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014).

This press conference will be held on 24th July 2014 between 4:00pm to 4:45pm in Press Conference Room 2, AIDS 2014 conference venue (MCEC), Melbourne, Australia.

A report compiling articles based upon interviews conducted with rectal microbicide study participants, key researchers, counsellors, nurses, among others by Citizen News Service (CNS) will also be released.

Moderator: Dr Ishwar S Gilada, President, AIDS Society of India (ASI)

PANELISTS:
  • HIV and anal STIs: service coverage for MSM in Asia Pacific
    • Midnight Poonkasetwattana, Executive Director, APCOM (Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health)
  • Challenges of HIV/STI prevention among MSM and TGs
    • Dr Venkatesan Chakrapani, Director, Centre for Sexuality, Health Research and Policy
  • Utilization of existing HIV/STI prevention options
    • Dr Badri N Saxena, Chair, ICMR Microbicides Expert Group and President MSI
  • Challenges in dealing with common STIs in HIV positive MSM/ TGs in India
    • Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, Deputy Director, National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), ICMR
  • Rectal microbicides: MTN-017 phase II research trial latest update from Chiang Mai
    • Dr Suwat Chariyalertsak, Director, Research Institute for Health Sciences (RIHES), Chiang Mai University, Thailand (and key researcher for MTN-017 rectal microbicides site at RIHES)
  • Rectal microbicide advocacy
    • Jim Pickett, Chair of International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) 
  • PrEP and new WHO guidance
    • Deirdre Grant, AVAC - Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention 
  • Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: Do they provide hope?
    • Dr Nomita Chandhiok, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
    • Dr Elizabeth Bukusi, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
To confirm your participation please email: Shobha Shukla - CNS: shobha@citizen-news.org
Bobby Ramakant - CNS: bobby@citizen-news.org

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