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AIDS Experts Give Briefing Via Conference Call.

Bill Gates to Attend Toronto AIDS Meeting; Major International Conference Starts Aug. 13

Briefing by Conference Call With Top AIDS Experts; 12:00 Noon ET, Thursday, Aug. 10

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Global AIDS Alliance:
 WHAT: A press briefing by conference call with top experts on global
 HIV/AIDS, looking ahead to a major, biannual HIV/AIDS conference
 August 13-18, where Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, and others will make
 important presentations.

 We will brief journalists about the critical issues to be addressed
 in Toronto, such as: the projected shortfall in donations to the
 Global Fund over 2006-2007, major problems with the US abstinence-
 until-marriage approach, and how to stop HIV and violence against
 women and children.

 Journalists will have the chance to ask questions of several top
 experts, including one of the early architects of the Bush response
 to HIV/AIDS, Scott Evertz.

 WHO: Scott Evertz, former Director, White House Office of National AIDS
 Policy
 Dr. Paul Farmer, MD, Author & Founding Director of Partners in
 Health
 Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director of the Global AIDS Alliance
 Naina Dhingra, Director of Public Policy, Advocates for Youth

 WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2006 12:00 noon ET (11:00 am CT / 10:00 am MT
 / 9:00 am PT)

 HOW: This call is for journalists only, who can call in from any
 phone. For call-in information, contact David Bryden at
 dbryden@globalaidsalliance.org or 1-202-789-0432 x 211.




Background: On August 13-18, the world's largest HIV/AIDS conference will take place, providing an independent forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and research. An estimated 20,000 participants will attend, including numerous scientists and advocates, Former Presidents Mary Robinson and Bill Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates, and others. More info on the conference can be found at http://www.aids2006.org/

A great deal is at stake as these experts gather. This week Archbishop Tutu published an appeal in Japan for more donations to the Global Fund, yet the Global Fund still lacks firm pledges to enable expansion to $11 billion per year. Advocates for Youth has cited the impracticality of the US approach to HIV prevention -- see http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/, and much more also needs to be done to stop violence against women and children, as GAA argues in a new briefing at http://www.globalaidsalliance.org/

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. Dr. Paul S. Zeitz http://profnet.prnewswire.com/ud_public.jsp?userid=485659

CONTACT: David Bryden of Global AIDS Alliance, +1-202-789-0432, x211, or dbryden@globalaidsalliance.org

Web site: http://www.globalaidsalliance.org/ http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/ http://www.aids2006.org/
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