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PlusNews Weekly Issue 212, 17 December 2004

1. New video on HIV-positive African priest

The Strategies for Hope Trust has launched a new video, designed to combat HIV-related stigma, shame, discrimination and denial in churches. The video features Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha from Uganda - the first African priest to disclose his HIV-positive status.

In this video, entitled 'What can I do?', Canon Gideon talks about the need for his fellow Christians to do away with judgemental attitudes to HIV-positive people, and instead to offer them love and support. 'Churches need to spread hope, not fear,' he says. He goes on to tell how his wife died of an HIV-related illness and that he, too, found out he was HIV-positive. He accepted his status and disclosed it to his family and friends, and also to his Bishop. Later he married a woman who was HIV-positive as well.

The video is 49 minutes long, and divided into short segments on topics such as 'Coping with stigma', 'Why be tested for HIV?' and 'Challenges for the church'. It is accompanied by a 48-page Facilitator's Guide, to enable groups to explore in greater depth the issues raised.

The video and the Guide can be ordered from Teaching AIDS at Low Cost:

Email: [email protected];
Tel: +44 1727 853869

African organisations unable to purchase these materials may request free copies.
For more information:
Glen Williams
Series Editor
Strategies for Hope
93 Divinity Road
Oxford OX4 1LN, U.K
Tel: +44 1865 723078

2. International Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment

Online registration and abstract submission for the 3rd International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment is now open.

This conference brings together researchers and clinicians from around the world to address current issues in HIV research, prevention and treatment, and will cover aspects of basic, clinical and prevention sciences in the field of HIV/AIDS through plenary sessions, abstract-driven sessions, fora and debates.

The meeting will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24 - 27 July 2005.

Click here for more information about the Conference:


Guidelines on how to submit abstracts can be found on the website. The deadline for abstract submission is 6 March 2005.

Click here for more information on abstract submission:

Click here for the registration form and guidelines on registration and accommodation bookings:


  • Abstract submission: 6 March 2005
  • Scholarship application: 6 March 2005
  • Registration (early registration fee): 10 February 2005
  • Registration (standard registration fee): 10 June 2005


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