The XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), Global Village during the opening ceremonies in Vienna, Austria on Tue., July 13. AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph attended the conference which ended on Fri., July 23. / Photo courtesy of IAS/Marcus Rose/ Workers' Photos
VIENNA, Austria (NNPA) – The 18th Annual International AIDS Conference kicked off on Sunday, July 18, with more than 20,000 delegates being urged to make things happen “Rights Here, Right Now” by signing The Vienna Declaration supporting drug policy based on science, not ideology.
Among the top issues at this year’s conference is the examination of the rights of women in the context of HIV. Over 15.7 million women are living with HIV – half of all adults living with the virus. Women from every corner of the world are making their voices heard, especially Women ARISE (Access, Rights, Investment, Security, and Equity), the largest coalition of women’s organizations that have ever come together around HIV/AIDS.