Allies against AIDS

Faith activists meet in Bangkok
We are here, we are there, we are everywhere!” Every day the Thai sex workers formed ranks and paraded through the convention center, their signs demanding acceptance, their chants in practiced English reverberating off the giant pharmaceutical company exhibits and booths touting flavored condoms.

Though not as noisy, activists from faith-based groups also made their presence known at the XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok in July. Anywhere you looked, Buddhist monks, Catholic nuns and religious leaders of all stripes were telling stories of those living with HIV and AIDS. The activists demanded better access to lower-cost antiretroviral drugs, and debated the proper balance of promoting abstinence, monogamy and condoms—the ABC of many AIDS prevention programs.

 

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