Is the U.S. Preventing Effective HIV/AIDS Prevention?

United States funding conditions for HIV prevention programming in developing countries, including support for abstinence only programming, restrictions on work with commercial sex workers and opposition to clean needles for injecting drug users are having a detrimental impact on the fight against AIDS.

Jodi Jacobson, the Executive Director of the U.S. based Centre for Health and Gender Equity, is at the forefront of efforts to monitor the impact of U.S. AIDS policy in the developing world and is working to influence progressive policy change.

During a forthcoming visit to the U.K. Jodi will speak at a public meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday the 2nd of February at the Comonwealth Club, 18 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5AP, about the Bush Administration's policies on HIV prevention.

During this discussion Jodi will provide a legal, policy, and funding analysis of prevention programs under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Her presentation will set out the legal requirements and identify those areas in which policy guidance has exceeded the law in areas such as as prevention of sexual transmission of HIV. 

Jodi will also provide a review of law, policy, and funding streams over the last two years, and examine significant developments in U.S. prevention funding at the global and country levels.

The presentation will provide an analysis of the ways in which policy guidance could be used even with the current law to support more effective strategies for prevention of sexual transmission, and other critical interventions. 

It will conclude with a discussion of possible strategies for raising awareness of existing U.S. policy and practice and of the role that the U.K and EU, including civil society organizations, could play in resisting U.S. restrictions.

This event is being organised by HIV International and the Working Group on U.S. AIDS Policy.

For more information contact Joseph O'Reilly