Mark your calendars for AIDS 2012 sessions on MSM and Transgenders

India HIV/AIDS Alliance has been working closely with partners worldwide to make sure that MSM and transgender people are heard at the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. If you are attending, we encourage you to participate in the events below.

For a more complete overview of MSM and transgender programming at AIDS 2012, please see the AIDS 2012 Roadmap for MSM & Transgender People put together by our friends at the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) as part of the their pre-conference program.

All events take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, unless otherwise indicated.

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MSM Networking Zone
Visit the MSM Networking Zone at the Global Village. Organised by MSMGF and regional partners, the zone’s primary objective is to offer a safe and creative space for gay/MSM advocates to network, share experiences, exchange ideas, and coordinate advocacy strategies toward stronger, more inclusive HIV responses across our respective regions.
All week, Global Village, Booth 811, 8:30am-8:30pm

Alliance Exhibition Booth (#102)
Come visit booth #102 to learn about the Alliance’s work in India and around the world, pick up copies of our publications and find out more about the Alliance Regional Technical Support Hubs.
All week, Exhibition Hall, 10:00am-6:30pm 

Affiliated Independent Event
MSM Pre-Conference
Organised by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), this meeting is the largest global gathering of activists, researchers, implementers and donors focused on the health and human rights of MSM and transgender people. India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s James Robertson and Simran Shaikh are participating on panels, along with Alliance India alumnus Jonathan Ripley and International HIV/AIDS Alliance executive director Alvaro Bermejo.
Saturday, July 21, FHI360, Washington, DC, 9:00am-6:00pm (Event sold out!)

Satellite Session
Reaching Key Populations through SRH/HIV Integration: Opportunities for Impact
Organised by India HIV/AIDS Alliance and chaired by UNAIDS, this session will present programming experiences highlighting the challenges and successful approaches used in integrated programmes specific to key populations, including MSM and transgender people. Panelists include the Alliance’s Sunita Grote, USAID’s Clancy Broxton, CAMNAFAW’s Nathalie Nkoume, and NEPHAK’s Rahab Mwaniki.
Sunday, July 22, Global Village Session Room 1, 3:45-5:45pm

Poster Presentation
Reaching the hard-to-reach: Community engagement and facilitation as a research strategy with MSM, transgender and hijra populations in the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India (MOPE403)
Monday, July 23, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Poster Presentation
Are low levels of education among MSM, transgenders and hijras a barrier to building strong CBOs to serve as HIV prevention partners? An analysis of data from the baseline survey of the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India (MOPE455)
Monday, July 23, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Poster Presentation
Community engagement in the development and roll-out of a capacity building model to strengthen CBOs for MSM, transgenders and hijras under the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India (MOPE464)
Monday, July 23, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Poster Presentation
Sexual behaviour of MSM, transgenders and hijras with female partners: An analysis of data from the baseline survey of the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India (TUPE536)
Tuesday, July 24, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Oral Poster Session
Expanding Covering and Quality: Approaches to Scaling-Up
Alliance’s Sunita Grote will present recommendations on reaching Key Populations in SRH/HIV integration, including guidance on services for sex workers, MSM, transgenders, IDUs and PLHIV. (WEPDE0102)
Wednesday, July 25, Mini Room 3, 1:00-2:00pm

Poster Presentation
Reaching MSM and transgenders in SRHR/HIV Integration: Recommendations from a global intervention review to identify strategies to increase the responsiveness and relevance of integrated programming to the sexual and reproductive health and rights needs of high-risk groups (THPE268)
Thursday, July 26, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Poster Presentation
Combination Collaboration: Leveraging government commitment, donor processes and community mobilization to develop a national program to build the capacity of MSM and transgender populations as HIV prevention partners: Making the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India (THPE689)
Thursday, July 26, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Oral Abstract Session
MSM: The Impact of Internal and External Stigma on a Personal and Social Level
This panel will include a presentation by India HIV/AIDS Alliance staff member Simran Shaikh of findings from the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program for MSM, transgender and hijra communities in India. (THAD0505)
Thursday, July 26, Session Room 8, 2:30-4:00pm

Press Conference
Turning the Tide: Addressing SRH Needs of Key Populations in AIDS Programs
This session will include remarks by Daxa Patel, the Board Secretary, Gujarat State Network of PLHIV, and by Sunita Grote from the Alliance.
Thursday, July 26, Media Center, Press Conference Room 2, 3:30-4:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@allianceindia.org. You can also view our AIDS 2012 Roadmap for all India HIV/AIDS Alliance sessions at the International AIDS Conference. We hope to see you at AIDS 2012!

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