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Harry went on to say: "And now we are facing another generation of complacency where a lot of people think "Well, you know it's solved, it's done".

Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, AIDS 2018 International Chair and University of Cape Town scientist, said that HIV infections had increased by 30% in Eastern Europe and Central Asia since 2010.

Some 15,000 delegates - researchers, campaigners, activists and people living with the HIV virus, which causes AIDS - have gathered for the five-day war council, amid dire warnings the AIDS epidemic could yet spiral out of control.

In its latest report, "Miles to Go: Closing Gaps, Breaking Barriers, Righting Injustices", the United Nations agency shows that 47 per cent of new HIV infections globally are among key populations, including sex workers, people who inject drugs, and gay men and other men who have sex with men.

He continued: "To have a black gospel choir; a multiracial bride; a black cellist, who was wonderful; a preacher-it felt like a party, and it felt like progress had been made".

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Concerns over an HIV resurgence caused by strict drug laws fuelling an epidemic blamed on needle sharing dominated a world AIDS assembly that opened in Amsterdam Monday.

The initiative is aimed at targeting and preventing HIV infections in men.

He said while a combination of HIV prevention approaches could mitigate this - such as harm reduction, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), better social care and condoms - many countries are unwilling to invest in approaches which they view as culturally or religiously inappropriate.

"We are far, far, far away from our goal of prevention, not just elimination", Kilonzo warned. Nearly half of them - 35.4 million - have died of AIDS.

"When I last spoke in this conference center in 1992, I could never have imagined that I would be standing here 26 years later alive and well", he told delegates.

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Zimbabwe was also cited to be among 10 countries in the region with laws and policies that require parental consent to accessing sexual and reproductive health services which according to the report discourage adolescent girls from accessing the services they need to stay healthy. The number new HIV diagnoses in this key population decreased from more than 60 in 1999 to nearly zero in 2014.

"Michel, we call on you to step away from the scripted and rehearsed propaganda machine and for once looking us in the face. and speak the truth", one woman shouted.

The conference paid tribute to six IAS colleagues who died when Malaysian Airlines MH17, on its way to the 2014 AIDS conference in Melbourne, was shot down.

"Because that's where the solutions are going to come from, that's where the passion and engagement is coming from as well".

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