[16days_discussion] Guttmacher at AIDS 2006

Darabi, Leila LDarabi at guttmacher.org
Thu Aug 3 10:25:41 EDT 2006

Join the Guttmacher Institute
<http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3207906.html>  at the
International AIDS Conference <http://www.aids2006.org/>  in Toronto


>From August 13-18, more than 20,000 advocates, scientists, policymakers,
journalists and health care providers from around the world will meet in
Toronto, Canada, for the XVI International AIDS Conference to discuss
the latest research, technology, policy and funding advancements in the
fight against AIDS.


As part of the biennial meeting, the Guttmacher Institute will:


Release groundbreaking new evidence on young people and HIV prevention.
The Institute partnered with nine African institutions in a project
called Protecting the Next Generation: Understanding HIV Risk Among
Youth. Together, we asked more than 20,000 adolescents in Burkina Faso,
Ghana, Malawi and Uganda to describe their lives, worries, sources of
information about sexual and reproductive health, and sources of health


The first fruits of this inquiry-including never-before collected
information about the lives of very young adolescents-will be released
at the conference in the form of 

*	comprehensive reports on focus group discussions with young
people in all four counties; 
*	nationally representative surveys of adolescents in each
country; and
*	compelling analysis from in-depth interviews in which young
people describe some of the specific barriers they face in accessing the
best possible information, counseling and treatment.  


These stories will be highlighted in a special package of information
that includes hard numbers, personal quotes and expert on prevention
efforts geared at young people and the specific needs of boys, orphans,
rural adolescents and young married women.


In addition, Guttmacher will present five poster sessions based on this
new evidence, a related project on HIV-positive women in Uganda, and the
Institute's strategies for putting its research findings into action
(see details below).  



Release a new tool for journalists.  As part of our mission to promote
evidence-based policies and programs and to put sound science into
action, the Guttmacher Institute will release in Toronto the issue brief
"Interpreting Research Studies."  This four-page document spells out 12
key questions to ask when approaching a new study and aims to make even
the most number-heavy and complicated social science reports accessible
to all those using evidence in their work.


Release a new resource on STIs.  "Facts on Sexually Transmitted
Infections in the United States" compiles all of the most recent
national data on the incidence and prevalence of the most common STIs.
This fact sheet includes sections on youth, disparities by race and by
gender, the challenges of measuring STIs, and prevention and treatment


Host a trivia game on sex, youth and HIV.  Join us at the Youth Pavilion
of the Global Village on Thursday, August 17, at 15:45 to test your
knowledge of young people's sexual and reproductive health around the
world with this interactive trivia game.  Win fun prizes!!


Host an official exhibition booth for the duration of the main
conference.  For more great resources from the Guttmacher
Institute-including an interactive CD-ROM offering the latest Guttmacher
evidence on youth and HIV worldwide, tips on getting published in a
peer-reviewed journal and the latest issues of International Family
Planning Perspectives-stop by our display at the main exhibition hall,
booth 436 in Area E. 


Take part in the Caucus for  Evidence-Based Prevention
<http://caucus.hiv-prevention.org/default.aspx> , a coalition of
U.S.-based organizations that promote HIV prevention efforts supported
by sound science, report on HIV prevention-related proceedings to a wide
audience and alert the community when ideology, prejudice or opinion
interfere with evidenced-based approaches to reducing the further spread


Participate in a preconference for young people organized by the Toronto
YouthForce <http://youth.aids2006.org/en/home.html> .  The Guttmacher
Institute is sponsoring four young leaders from Burkina Faso, Ghana,
Malawi and Uganda to attend the preconference from August 9-12, where
they will attend skills-building sessions on approaching decision makers
with youth concerns during the main event.  As part of the
pre-conference, Melanie Croce-Galis and Leila Darabi of the Institute
will lead a communications and media skills-building session on using
social science research to build sound and compelling advocacy messages.


The Guttmacher Institute invites you to stop by for presentations by our
experts at the Poster Exhibition area, Level 800, South Building of
Metro Toronto Convention Centre:


On Tuesday, August 15, 12:30- 4:00, Ann Biddlecom of the Institute will
present "Condom Use and Consistency of Use Among Adolescents in
Sub-Saharan Africa," which shows that while young people are doing a
good job of using condoms consistently to prevent HIV and unintended
pregnancy, substantial room for improvement remains. New evidence from
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda may be useful to decision makers
in designing new policies and programs targeting young people.  Abstract
Number: TUPE0379


Also on Tuesday, 12:30-14:00, Ann M. Moore of the Institute will present
"Childbearing Experiences Among HIV-Positive Women in Kampala, Uganda:
Results from a Qualitative Study," which examines the reproductive
health needs of HIV-positive women including HIV transmission and
unintended pregnancy prevention.  Abstract Number: TUPE0798


On Wednesday, August 16, 12:30-14:00, Dr. Biddlecom will present "HIV
Knowledge, Sexual Activity and Information Sources for Very Young
Adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa," which takes a pioneering look at the
knowledge and behavior of 12-14-year-olds and concludes that given the
high level of school enrollment, these very young adolescents could be
targeted earlier with prevention education to help them protect
themselves from HIV and unintended pregnancy later in adolescence.
Abstract Number: WEPE0669


Also on Wednesday, August 16, 12:30-14:00, Dr. Moore will present
"Coercive Sex Among Adolescent Females in Sub-Saharan Africa: Prevalence
and Context," which shows that the proportion of young women who are
"not willing at all" the first time they have sex is 15% in Burkina
Faso, 24% in Uganda, 30% in Ghana and 38% in Malawi.  Thus,
nonconsensual sex must be put on the sexual and reproductive health and
rights agenda as part of the process of protecting the next generation.
Abstract Number: WEPE0749


On Thursday, August 17, 12:30-14:00, Melanie Croce-Galis of the
Institute will present "Research in Action: Engaging Stakeholders in
Adolescent Health," an overview of the Institute's strategy for
promoting evidence-based policies and programs by getting sound science
into the hands of decision makers.  Abstract Number: THPE0949


For more information please contact:

In Toronto, Leila Darabi, ldarabi at guttmacher.org, 917-902-6828

In New York, Lauren Alexander, lalexander at guttmacher.org, 212-248-1111,
ext. 2204



Leila Darabi

Communications Associate

Guttmacher Institute

120 Wall Street, 21st Floor

New York, NY 10005


Phone: 212 248 1111, ext. 2216

Fax: 212 248 1952

Email: ldarabi at guttmacher.org <mailto:ldarabi at guttmacher.org> 

Skype: leila_darabi


www.guttmacher.org <http://www.guttmacher.org>  



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