As reported by Australia's The New Daily, Mboi arguably stole the show, as she answered a question about facing religious and political opposition to the distribution of condoms and sterile syringes:
"When the President appointed me Secretary of the National AIDS Commission, the first thing I did was indeed invite all of them who were against [fighting AIDS], as well as the ones who were for it.
"But we knew this was a very difficult question, because the law criminalized drug use, so there was a big resistance. So I said okay, let's stop for a moment. We have 330,000 young people who are injecting drugs. Previously in some districts it's already 67 per cent HIV positive, Hep C, as well as syphilis, etc. What do we want to do? Do we want to kill them? Or do we want to save them? The easiest way is to kill them.
"Because if you don't do anything, we keep on fighting among us, they will die. They will die of overdose, they will die of AIDS, they will die of Hep C. And if they get imprisoned they will die even faster. Because they get beaten up.
"But we are the government. Where were we when our kids became victims of the drug pushers? And there was total silence. Then a policeman came and said, 'You're right. We have to save them if we can. Because my son is a drug user. And I don't know what to do.'
"And that, my friends, changed the whole atmosphere."
View her testimony on YouTube.
Risk Compensation Continues to Be Non-Revealed
The big news from the iPrEx Open-Label Extension (OLE) was that even those who took as few as four doses of tenofovir/emtricitabine (Truvada) a week had complete protection from HIV. But as reported by TheBodyPRO.com's Warren Tong, the study also revealed no evidence of risk compensation,
with participants reporting safer sexual practices and a similar syphilis incidence (a marker of sexual risk behavior) between both groups in the study.
The ever intrepid Gus Cairns of aidsmap.com was hot on the trail of compensatory risk analyses at AIDS 2014.
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