AIDS 2012 Update: What to Expect at the Conference
July 16, 2012
Next week officially begins International AIDS Conference here in the District. More than 25,000 delegates and 2,000 media personnel will be on deck to witness this historic event. This year's conference marks the return of the IAC to the United States in more than two decades. The theme of the conference is "Turning the Tide Together" and is supposed to signify the strength that can be found in unity. Last week, at a press conference in the Barbara Jordan Center in the Kaiser Family Foundation building in Northwest, conference co-chair Dr. Diane Havlir and Joseph Elias, Global Village Coordinator, explained the highlights of the conference.
The conference will have five basic headers:
There will also be the biggest Global Village in the history of the conference open all day every day. The Global Village is free and open to the public. Joseph Elias highlighted that there will be sessions, presentations, workshops, and performances to attend. The plenaries will be televised and no other activities will be happening during those times. There will also be networking zones, theater and film, and an entire youth pavilion available for showcasing talent.
The most important thing to remember (from this Examiner's point of view) is that this conference is in our backyard. It's a chance for the US to showcase the strides that we have been making to fight this disease (opinions vary on how far we've come). It's a human rights victory as the travel ban for persons with HIV was lifted in 2009. We also get the chance to spotlight the epidemic in D.C., which is rare on a global level. It's our chance to make some noise and make a mark on this epidemic like never before. Are you in?
Check back here this week for more information about the conference and the events taking place around the city in support of it.
This article was provided by TheBody.
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