CNS at AIDS 2012

The Citizen News Service (CNS) had a team of writers from a range of countries in Asia and Africa (see below) to provide issue-based coverage from XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in July 2012. CNS generated 73 in-depth articles that were published in a range of media channels around the world apart from being disseminated through social media platforms (such as blogs, youtube, twitter, facebook, etc) and other electronic discussion forums such as the Stop-TB eForum (to join, send an email to:, SEA-AIDS, ITPC, ITPC India, IRMA listserv, IRMA blog, among others.

ISSUES: CNS team focused on specific issues around tuberculosis (TB) and HIV co-infection, children, drug-resistant TB, HIV prevention science and advocacy (rectal and vaginal microbicides, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), voluntary medical male circumcision, treatment as prevention, female condoms, male condoms), multiple prevention technologies (MPTs), treatment access issues (ART, free trade agreements and other intellectual property rights related issues), among others.

NOTABLE MEDIA CHANNELS (print, online or radio) that published/ featured CNS content from AIDS 2012 include: Asian Tribune (Thailand/ Sri Lanka), Sun Star (Philippines), Pakistan Post, Modern Ghana, Observer (Uganda), Swazi Observer (Swaziland), Asia Sentinel, Weekly Blitz (Bangladesh), The Seoul Times (South Korea), Bihar and Jharkhand News Service (India), American Chronicle (US), News Blaze (US), Scoop News (New Zealand), Daily Pioneer (India), Swatantra Bharat (Hindi - India), Voice of Movement (Hindi - India), Kanwiz Times (Hindi - India), FM 102.5 (Thailand), Rutgers WPF (Netherlands), World News Network (WNN), (Manipur, India), Public Citizen, The Mangalorean (India), AIDS Map, Relief Web, SEA-AIDS, Stop-TB eForum, CABSA (Southern Africa), GLBT Jamaica, Buzz News (New Zealand), Media for Freedom (Nepal), I4U News, Cameroon Post Line, Humanitarian News, Elites TV, News Day (Zimbabwe), Poz News, Medical News Today, Hindustan Times (HT) Syndication, among others...

INTERNET SEARCH: with 73 unique content generated on-site, the following keywords generate the given number of links on
"AIDS 2012" "Citizen News Service": 7,500 links
"AIDS 2012" "Citizen News Service" "TB": 3700 links
"AIDS 2012" "Citizen News Service" "IRMA": 1100 links

PHOTOGRAPHS, FACEBOOK and TWITTER: About 500 photographs from AIDS 2012 are online on CNS Facebook page (which got about 2,600 likes by the end of AIDS 2012) and Twitter (with about 500 followers by end of AIDS 2012).

STOP-TB eForum: About 300 new members joined the Yahoo! supported eForum on TB during the month of July 2012.

PRESS CONFERENCES: CNS co-hosted three press conferences in Press Conference Room (PCR – 2 and 3) inside Media Center at the official conference venue of AIDS 2012, on childhood TB; sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV; and Hepatitis C virus and HIV treatment access issues. These press conferences were co-hosted with the following organizations: International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), Asia Pacific Network of People living with HIV (APN+), India HIV/AIDS Alliance, International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA), CNS, a partner of Stop TB Partnership. CNS and partners also released hard copies of their two publications on childhood TB and HCV-HIV treatment access issues which are online at:
(1) Saving children from tuberculosis:
(2) HCV and HIV Treatment Access issues:

CNS team at AIDS 2012
[Alphabetically]: Bobby Ramakant (India), Duangkamol Donchaum (Thailand), Henry Kabwe (Zambia), Ian Hodgson (UK), Ishdeep Kohli (India), Jamie Uhrig (HIV in Myanmar), Jittima Jantanamalaka (Thailand), Manoj Pardeshi (India), Masimba Biriwasha (Zimbabwe), Megan Gottemoeller (USA), Nenet Ortega (Philippines), Prakash Tyagi (India), Rahul Dwivedi (India), Rituu B  Nanda (India - wrote from Kolkata Sex Workers' hub of AIDS 2012), Shobha Shukla (India), Shona Shonning (Eastern Europe and Central Asia related issues), and Somya Arora (India).

List of articles of AIDS 2012
The list is online at:
(or see specific articles on links given below at the end of this post)

We are grateful to the following for their support in terms of providing key resource persons, technical or financial resources, which made our engagement with AIDS 2012 meaningful: Stop TB Partnership, International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA) – AIDS Foundation of Chicago, TB Alliance, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Aeras, Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), Asia Pacific Network of people living with HIV (APN+), PATH, RESULTS, the AIDS 2012 media and communications team (special gratitude to Pierre Peyrot) among others. The inspiration provided on specific issues by Jim Pickett, Judith Mandelbaum-Schmid and Anthony Harries helped our team to report on key issues around TB and HIV. Thank you all!

Anal health is not just a gay issue: Women need rectal microbicides too

Translating clinical efficacy into public health effectiveness

Community engagement is key as rectal microbicides research progresses ahead

Will we keep the promise to end the AIDS epidemic?

Turning The Tide: Addressing HIV prevention needs of women

Social media helps in fighting AIDS and TB

ARV sustainability dangles in developing countries

Childhood tuberculosis in spotlight at AIDS 2012

Preaching to the choir? Advocating condoms and lubes at AIDS 2012

The core of AIDS 2012: The Global Village

Reversing the AIDS epidemic: What has worked, what has not?

New age ARVs are the game-changers in the battle against AIDS

Calling for an "AIDS free generation" but trading away our lives

Legal barriers and stereotypes block care services for same sex couples

Punitive laws block access to health services for injecting drug users

AIDS 2012: Call for access to HCV treatment

After 19 years of neglect, female condoms in spotlight at AIDS 2012

Double-Trouble: HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV)

Project ARM: Addressing HIV prevention needs of those practicing anal sex

AIDS 2012: Through the eyes of person with TB

Partners In Crime: MDR TB and HIV

Improving treatment adherence in hard to reach populations: it CAN be done

HIV - Still A Significant Burden in Asia

Research Consortium to Address Structural Drivers of HIV Epidemic

Lubes A Key Priority in Africa

Anti-HIV rectal microbicide research moves ahead

TB: Cost Of Inaction Increases From $25 to $ 500,000

Access to treatment – mapping the progress, seeing the gaps

Uganda AIDS Activist Sees Hope in Rectal Microbicides

HIV, HCV, TB services not reaching the most-in-need

Supporting adolescents and youth living with HIV – challenges and opportunities

Turning The Tide: Addressing needs of children affected by TB, HIV and malaria

Drop the word 'male' from 'male circumcision'

Cheaper, Safer And Shorter TB Treatment On The Anvil

Rectal Microbicides Seen As Key in Preventing New HIV transmissions

Rectal Microbicides Open New Frontier in HIV Fight

Ground Zero at Kolkata AIDS 2012 hub: Nothing will stop us!

Ground Zero at AIDS 2012: HIV epidemic in Washington DC

AIDS-free generation is within reach

Where Is The TB Quilt, Nay Mask?

'...And Lubes' in spotlight at AIDS 2012

Gender Based Violence Drives HIV Epidemic Among Women: US Study

Addressing the Challenges To Transform The HIV-TB Response

AIDS 2012 Kolkata hub pushes for 'Seven Freedoms' for sex workers

Kolkata leading the way for Sex Workers' freedom

New Scientific Strategy In The Quest For An HIV Cure

Lack of Resources Hinder Zim’s TB/HIV Response

Zimbabwe Battles HIV and TB Epidemics

Integrating TB/HIV Services in Zimbabwe: A Key Public Health Priority

Turning The Tide of TB-HIV Co-infection In Children

The Beginning Of The End To The AIDS Epidemic

The road ahead Section 377 in India

Punitive laws drive the affected populations underground: NACO

Eradicate TB Through Public Awareness Campaigns: Educate The Public

Turn The Tide: Treat HIV and cure TB

Strengthening Maternal and Child Healthcare is crucial for HIV control

Rectal microbicide research gives hope for HIV protection

Integrating TB and HIV Care

Time for multiple prevention technologies (MPTs) is now

HIV prevention needs more tools such as microbicides

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Protects Against HIV

AIDS 2012: What should change in HIV programme to turn the tide of the AIDS pandemic?

TB-HIV co-infection a challenge in Thailand

Quicker Response Required to Fight MDR-TB