The Role of Families in HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support
July 22, 2010
For more information on this session, including access to speaker presentations, please see the conference Programme-at-a-Glance.
To date responses to the epidemic have been largely individualistic, bypassing families. The notion of 'families' has been revolutionized. Families now extend beyond biology, religion and gender, and law, to reflect the intimate social groups on which all human beings depend for their survival and succor. Families that carry the heaviest load in treating, caring for and protecting children and other members directly affected by the epidemic play a fundamental, but as yet not fully recognized role, in the prevention of HIV transmission. Families are also important for especially marginalized groups. Their children are amongst the most stigmatized and under-serviced in the world and family networks are frequently the last bastion of support for individuals in especially marginalized groups. Attention to families extends AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support, from the individual, to social groups as it should always have been.
Presentations in This Session:
Children of Especially Marginalised Groups: Family Vulnerability and the Prevention of Vertical Transmission
Prevention of Vertical Transmission: the Role of Families
MSM and Legal Barriers to Family-Based Care
Reflection on the Implications of Family Centred Approaches and the Role of the Non Heteronormative Family in the Lives of People from Sexual Minorities
CLOSE THE GAPS: How to Counter the Retreat From HIV Treatment Scale-Up; Current and Future Prospects for Scaling Up Optimal AIDS Treatment
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