MEXICO CITY — Mexico will have its own AIDS conference in 2020 to coincide with the International AIDS Conference in the U.S.
“HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response” is slated for July 6-8, 2020 in Mexico City.
“The HIV2020 Alliance has decided to organize the community-led event to provide a safe alternative for individuals who cannot or will not attend AIDS2020 due to discriminatory U.S. immigration and travel policies directed to people from Muslim, African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, people who use drugs, sex workers and transgender people,” organizers said this week in a press release. “The announcement of the event comes on the advent of Human Rights Day, as the conference aims to offer new opportunities to reaffirm the leading role communities can and should play in the global fight for sexual health and human rights.”
The International AIDS Society’s decision to host its 2020 event in the San Francisco Bay Area sparked vocal protests and calls for an “AIDS2020 For All” and an “HIV Power Shift” at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam this July.
The society’s decision went against the recommendations of community advocates worldwide, including the national networks of people living with HIV in the U.S., creating a dilemma for many in the global HIV movement,” organizers of the Mexico City conference said.