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[almost] live tweeting from #AIDS2010

18 July 2010

I’m at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria and have been posting to Twitter a few observations. In fact, there’s a whole group of us tweeting about the conference, and to see what folks are saying about the conference, you could also just run a search on the hashtag #aids2010.

It’s been a small challenge tweeting from Vienna because I don’t have a local phone and am reliant on an internet cafe that has been somewhat crowded. I write notes and tweet from the internet cafe between sessions (thus an obvious delay for those of you who are actually here in Vienna with me). I’ve got my laptop, but wifi is only limitedly available and my battery is failing to hold a charge for more than 2.5 hours.

But I don’t mean to complain — I just want to broadcast to a greater audience all the great things I’m learning (and sometimes even the disappointments I am experiencing) at the conference.

If there’s nothing else from the conference you watch, I want to point you to what I thought was the best address I’ve seen thus far — that by Paula Akugizibwe, a 23-year-old activist working for the AIDS & Rights Alliance of Southern Africa (ARASA). Her address was thoughtful, filled with evidence, witty, and motivational. She has re-energized my passion for studying HIV intervention in Africa. The Kaiser Family Foundation will soon post the webcast here.

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