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Preaching in the desert?

Wed 20 Sep 2006 In: HIV View at NDHA

Douglas Jenkin of Gay Men's Health reports on the 2006 World AIDS Conference in Toronto. A man with a pierced nipple and wearing only a towel welcomed gay and bisexual men attending the 2006 World AIDS Conference in Toronto. The gay and men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) Networking Zone in the vast Global Village had become a sauna for the day. A small pool that was part of the event was later transformed into a memorial to gay and HIV positive men from non-Western countries around the globe that had recently been murdered. Three gay men from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation went to the conference including Jordon Harris, a member of the Hau Ora Takataapui (HOT) Team (pictured). The resources produced by HOT were extremely popular in the Aboriginal/Indigenous Networking Zone, particularly the “Warriors For Safe Sex” poster which at one stage sparked an impromptu autograph session! The conference, the biggest of its kind ever, attracted 26,000 people from 170 countries. However just 350 gay men were at a pre-conference forum to demand the ‘re-gaying' of the fight against HIV around the globe. Gay, bisexual and other men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) – the first and most vocal group to be infected and affected by HIV – have never had a plenary (a full-house opening) session devoted to them at any of the world conferences. The forum, “MSM   

Credit: Douglas Jenkin

First published: Wednesday, 20th September 2006 - 12:00pm

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