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ACT UP @ Vancouver
1996 International AIDS Conference
Members of ACT UP/New York, Golden Gate, Philadelphia, Paris, and Atlanta
went to the XI International Conference on AIDS.
Here is a summary of the various actions that we did and some of the
other activist events that ACT UP participated in solidarity with people
living with HIV/AIDS.
We went under the slogans:
Greed=Death ~ Demand Access for All.
Golden Urn Awards ~ Other Actions and Zaps ~ ACT UP/Paris Dossier
Solidarity Actions ~ Other Agitations ~ Related Web Sites
The Golden Urn Awards
ACT UP gave out Golden Urns to drug companies, public officials, and
organizations whose policies and actions are hastening the deaths of people
This year's "winners" were:
- The American Medical Association
(AMA) for reversing their policy and now supporting mandatory HIV testing
of newborns and pregnant women.
- Abbott Pharmaceuticals
for its AIDS profiteering with its high price for its protease inhibitor
ritonavir, refusal to provide patient education information to US clinics
and conduct drug interaction studies, and delaying of research in HIVIG,
a treatment that may prevent mother-child HIV transmission.
- Serono Laboratories
for its obscene price for recombinant Human Growth Hormone (rHGH), a drug
that prevents death from AIDS wasting. [ACT UP Victory - after the
Vancouver action, Serono has agreed to demands for a price cap for rHGH
and will address other community concerns raised at the FDA March 1, 1996
hearing. We have also heard that after ACT UPper Bill Thorne's presentation,
the FDA plans to approve hHGH. click here for the press
- Hoffman La Roche for
its AIDS profitering with the price of its protease inhibitor saquinavir
and denying access to clinical trials for children and adolescents.
- Bayer for its complicitly
in selling HIV-infected blood to hemophiliacs. With an indictment of Merck
Laboratories for AIDS profiteering with its protease inhibitor Crixivan.
Other ACT UP Actions and Zaps
I am afraid that you all will miss the real message from this conference.
I speak especially to the media, who have started the spin that "the
cure is here, let's dance." full
- Kiss-in Zap in front of
the Female Health Company about the refusal to market the "Reality"
female condom for anal intercourse.
- Brazilian March for AIDS
treatment access and fair drug pricing for the South.
- Zap of Burmese health minister for violating the human rights of sex
workers - organized by the International League of Sex Workers.
Related Web sites
see also important history:
When PWAs first sat
at the AIDS Conference Table (Montreal '89)
Action Reports Index