The 18th Annual International AIDS Conference is being held in Vienna from the 18th – 23rd July 2010 under the theme “Rights Here, Right Now” – a theme that resonates with IGLHRC’s overarching work to ensure “human rights for everyone, everywhere. “

IGLHRC is participating in the AIDS conference as part of efforts to ensure that the needs and interests of LGBT communities and individuals are included in AIDS policies and programming. In addition to IGLHRC’s Executive Director Cary Alan Johnson, Fernando D’Elio (Program Associate with Latin America and the Caribbean) and Chivuli Ukwimi (Health and Human Rights Program Officer in IGLHRC’s Africa office) will be in attendance along with IGLHRC conference blogger Darrin Adams.

aids conferencePhoto by Fernando D’Elio

IGLHRC also facilitated the participation of three African LGBT activists and one activist from Haiti to participate in the week’s events and sponsored a panel on health and human-rights responses to AIDS during the pre-conference meeting focused on the issues relating to men who have sex with men. This year’s conference is an important moment for advocacy, coming as it does alongside an intensified push for expanded HIV treatment in order to meet the 2010 target year set by governments for the achievement of universal access to HIV service.

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darrin adams

Darrin Adams is an international researcher and activist for LGBTI people internationally. Most recently he was in Lesotho (Southern Africa) as a Peace Corps Volunteer mentoring and assisting the local LGBTI population. He coordinated a national Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Women who have Sex with Women (WSW) study in Lesotho while collaborating with the community in establishing a support group, a national office and training trainers in sexual health and HIV prevention.

Before his work in international LGBTI health and human rights, Darrin was a board member of the D.C. chapter of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association and was the Development Assistant at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a political action committee that helps openly LGBT candidates elected into public office.

Darrin received his B.A. in Public Relations and Professional Writing from Baylor University. At the largest Baptist university in the world, being homosexual was against school policy. Nonetheless, he banded with a few other lesbian and gay students and formed the first ever underground support group for LGBT Baylor students whose members numbered over 200 after one year.

Through his advocacy at Baylor, he has appeared on Fox Television’s O’Reilley Factor and was honored as one of Out Magazine’s 100 Top Gay Success Stories of 2004. He is open to collaboration and new ideas and can be reached at darrinjadams@gmail.com.