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AIDS 2014 Video Blog: A Farewell, and Final Thoughts on Melbourne

By Mark S. King

August 4, 2014

Mark S. King wraps up his journey at the 20th International AIDS Conference.

By now, the more scientific highlights from the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, have been digested and shared through your networks. There's always something unexpected -- and sometimes even encouraging, such as the new iPrEx study results showing, again, the efficacy of tenofovir/emtricitabine (Truvada) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The evidence mounts.

But if you've been watching my video reports from Melbourne, you know there are other sights beyond the science that catch my eye. In this, my final report from AIDS 2014, I offer a review of some of the staggeringly inspiring people that make the conference such a privilege to attend.

Speaking of privilege, I can't help but offer some final thoughts in this piece about the immensely privileged lives that most of us in the U.S. enjoy. I know it's something that should go without saying, but meeting people face-to-face who stand up to injustices in other countries that we can only imagine in ours certainly puts things into perspective.

My trip would not have happened without the support of, for which I am truly grateful. Thanks also to Living Positive Victoria (an impressively engaged and active coalition of people living with HIV) and the people of Melbourne for showing the HIV/AIDS world such hospitality!

Thanks for watching, my friends, and please be well.

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