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Commission on:
Anthropology of HIV & Aids


Anita Nudelman [anitanudelman[at]gmail.com]

Although the access to anti-retroviral therapy has increased both in Western countries and in Africa, thousands of people are still infected every year and new countries become areas in the globe endemic. Therefore, the Commission on the Anthropology of HIV and AIDS will focus on the development and promotion of specific anthropological research and intervention agendas, to enhance culture and gender sensitive strategies for primary prevention and control of HIV and AIDS and decrease of stigma and discrimination.

The Commission on Anthropology and AIDS calls on colleagues from different countries to share their work and contribute to the Panel proposed by this Commission "The Anthropology of AIDS: focus on knowledge creation and discrimination". The Commission is being revitalized and will be very glad to receive contributions, ideas and to begin to Network before the next conference in Brazil.
Correspondence should be sent to Dr. Anita Nudelman, Acting Chair, email: anitanudelman[at]gmail com

During the forthcoming 18th IUAES Congress in Brazil, the Commission will hold open discussions with the aim of developing a new roadmap for socio-cultural anthropological inquiries into HIV and AIDS, relating to the following areas highlighted in the follow-up to the IUAES 17th World Congress:

* Everyday life, identities and subjectivities of people living with HIV and AIDS

* The continued influence of social stigma and discrimination on HIV on testing, disclosure and treatment adherence (i.e. women in traditional societies)

* Assessing risks and understanding cultural risk constructions, particularly among vulnerable populations, e.g. among adolescents, women and MSM.

* Responses, roles and interaction of Modern, Traditional and Complementary (Alternative) Health systems to the HIV-epidemic

* The interplay of grassroots organizations, NGOs and community networks in the national and global responses to the HIV-epidemic

* Anthropological input into new strategies, such as social media and mobile phones, in the creation of information, education and communication, as well as in behavioral change programs

* Interdisciplinary collaboration and new roles for anthropology in HIV and AIDS-related research, prevention and control of HIV and AIDS, while also focusing on reduction of stigma and discrimination at all levels (community, workplace, health care settings, etc.