More than 100 of the world’s top HIV experts will lead an all-day conference designed to address the rising rates of infection among gay men, this month.
Be Heard is the largest gathering to focus on the disproportionate impact of HIV among gay men. The event will precede the launch of AIDS 2010, the XVIII International AIDS Conference .
Hosted by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, the conference will focus on challenges and solutions to achieving universal access to HIV-related prevention, care, treatment, and support services for sexual minority communities worldwide.
The event comes at a time when MSM in low-and middle-income countries are 19 times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, yet only one in five has access to the HIV prevention, care and treatment services they need.
“MSM have been at disproportionately high risk of HIV infection since the epidemic started,” said George Ayala, Executive Officer of the MSMGF.
“Yet our issues remain severely underrepresented at the international level. As prevalence rates among MSM are surpassing 30 percent in countries rich and poor alike, there is no time to waste. Be Heard is one of very few dedicated venues to focus on this staggering crisis.”
The event will run from 8.30am to 6pm on Saturday, 17 July, at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.