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Media Contact: Tia McCollors 17 March 2005    
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Giving Women Power Over AIDS: Photo Exhibit on Display at Emory
In 2003, reporter Paula Bock and photographer Betty Udesen of the Seattle Times traveled to Zimbabwe to get a first-hand look at the reality of HIV/AIDS. Their resulting award-winning story and photo-essay, In Her Mother's Shoes, tells the story of Martha, one of some 11 million AIDs orphans in sub-Saharan Africa. Martha will grow up in Zimbabwe, where 50 percent of today's teenagers are expected to someday die of AIDS.

The Georgia Campaign for Microbicides, The Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center, the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University invite you to see the remarkable traveling photo exhibit, Giving Women Power Over AIDS, featuring the Seattle Times photo essay.

The exhibit will be on display from Monday, March 21 to Friday, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, Lower Level, at 1518 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta.

In a world where many women have little say about relationships and no way to protect themselves against HIV, scientists, including a group at Emory, are pursuing the promise of microbicides as a new prevention strategy for curbing the loss of future generations from this epidemic. Considered one of the most promising biotechnologies for improving global health, microbicides are a class of products currently under development that women and their partners could apply topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections.

The Georgia Campaign for Microbicides is a local affiliate of the Global Campaign for Microbicides, a broad-based, international effort to build support among policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public for increased investment into microbicides and other user-controlled prevention methods. Through advocacy, policy analysis, and social science research, the campaign works to accelerate product development, facilitate widespread access and use, and protect the needs and interest of users, especially women.

The exhibit is open to the public and admission is free. Parking is available behind the building in the Michael Street Parking deck off Clifton Rd. For more information about the exhibit, contact 404-727-3410.

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