I have just arrived! The weather right now is like the one back at home! The journey has been long with hard preparations to make.I am here at last!

I would never have made it alone.I would especially love to thank my fellow World Pulse Team for making possibilities happen when hopes were dwindling.Thank you Jensine.Thank you Janice and Jade.

Here is an overview of the conference.

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.

Given the 2010 deadline for universal access set by world leaders, AIDS 2010 will coincide with a major push for expanded access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. With a global economic crisis threatening to undermine public investments, the conference will help keep HIV on the front burner, and is a chance to demonstrate the importance of continued HIV investments to broader health and development goals. AIDS 2010 is also an opportunity to highlight the critical connection between human rights and HIV; a dialogue begun in earnest in Mexico City in 2008.The selection of the AIDS 2010 host city is a reflection of the central role Vienna has played in bridging Eastern and Western Europe, and will allow for an examination of the epidemic’s impact in Eastern Europe.

The AIDS 2010 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging sessions and plenaries – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking. Following the success of the pilot programme at AIDS 2008, the XVIII International AIDS Conference will provide or facilitate hubs (centres) where selected sessions of the conference will be screened, to increase the access to the conference programme.

I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with all of us here,and to have positive dialogue as we chart our way towards a better world...an AIDS Free World!

Just to say it agaiin..my journey on PulseWire started 5 years ago.Today,i find myself moving forward,and the will stronger.I do not know where i will be after Vienna,but i am certain we shall be more empowered in the field of AIDS.

Love, Leah.

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Smiling as I am reading your post, its being a bit long time since you posted here, well done again and congratulations because you are waxing stronger and stronger everyday, keep us posted as regards happening in the conference at Vienna. Jensine, Janice, Jade and all the WP team are lovely people, I don not expect anything less from them. Listen, learn and share with us....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

I am dancing with joy at seeing your beautiful smiling face and thinking of you in Vienna. What an amazing experience this will be and I can't wait to hear all about it. You are our voice for the community and especially those touched by HIV. Know that you carry the well wishes and strong spirits of the women of PulseWire with you, and we are so proud that you are our spokesperson at the conference. Enjoy the journey and keep in touch. Salamu za upendo, Malaika! Dada

The conference was great and now i am here.I have lots to share.Not sure where to start from but i know there will be a way right here right now.

Asante sana dada, Leah.

Leah,

Wooo wooo! You did this on your own and we just cheered you along the way. And now there you are, in Vienna, participating in a conference and connecting people who like you are transforming the world. I wish for you great connections, friendships, learning, collaborating and teaching!

And please keep us updated through your PulseWire journal, we are hanging on your every word.

Lots of Love, Jade

Thamks for all,Jade! Vienna was great and there was plenty to learn.Now i am back to London and on the computer.Let's talk my dearest!

Nakupenda sana, Leah.

Hi Leah

Got your contact details from Jade and has informed me of the passion you have for empowering & educating pple about HIV. Well done and keep the good work sister. I work in an HIV clinic and I love my work but at times it breaks my heart when I see some of my clients give up hope or stop attending clinic. It will be very nice to get ideas on how to help or rather make people realise that being diagnosed HIV does not change the person inside and life still goes on.

Are you planning on attending the conference which is going to be held in Botswana?

Regards Joyful

J.Chigiga

I have been trying to go through the Botswana Conf.website without success! I guess i might not but still looking.

Let us work together towards issues affecting our communities on HIV.Yes it is hard but with possibilities.

Love, Leah.

Hi Leah dear,

Its good to have you back and conecting with you again, i hope you enjoyed yourself in London. Welcome back home. It was wonderful being with you in Vienna and thank you so much for strugling to do all you could when things were so difficult for me at the austrian embassy. Have it nice and be blessed.

jacqui