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Human rights protections essential in drive for universal access
Date:7/20/2010

20 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria]The call for human rights as a fundamental component of efforts to prevent new infections and provide treatment for people living with HIV pervaded the XVIII International AIDS Conference today as delegates and local residents prepared for the HIV and Human Rights March through the streets of Vienna this evening. Conference participants are giving voice to the conference theme of Rights Here, Right Now through a number of plenary presentations, sessions, and Global Village and Youth Programme activities.

The examination of the rights of women in the context of HIV took on a powerful new dimension with the release Monday evening of the CAPRISA 004 microbicide trial results. The study provides the first data demonstrating the effectiveness of an antiretroviral-based vaginal microbicide in reducing a woman's risk of sexually transmitted infection with HIV and genital herpes. The trial tested the safety and effectiveness of a 1% tenofovir gel among nearly 900 women at two sites in South Africa. As today's plenary speaker Everjoice Win noted, women have a greater likelihood of being on the receiving end of violent or coercive sexual intercourse and these results are a significant step toward a tool that puts the power of HIV prevention in women's hands. The CAPRISA trial results will be presented at 13:00 in Session Room 7.

"We welcome news of progress on a prevention tool that would give women greater control over their health and their lives," said Dr. Julio Montaner, AIDS 2010 Chair, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, Canada. "Empowering women in this way as part of a broader agenda to ensure human rights brings us one step closer to the goal of universal access."

Among the many human rightsfocused activities at AIDS 2010 are a Youth Programme agenda dedicated to human rights, harm reduction and health resources, and
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