July 20, 2012
It's finally (almost) here. AIDS 2012, the 19th International AIDS Conference will convene in Washington, DC, July 22-27, 2012. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Sunday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (EDT). The theme of this year's conference is "Turning the Tide Together."
AIDS 2012 marks the return of the International AIDS Conference to the United States after 22 years. Conference organizers essentially boycotted the U.S. because of the U.S. law and policies barring entry to the U.S. -- for travel and immigration -- by individuals infected with HIV. This heinous and scientifically unsound travel and immigration ban was repealed in the legislation reauthorizing President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and actually lifted when those regulations went into effect in 2010.
Leading up to the conference, on Wednesday, July 18, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched Together We Will End AIDS, a new report containing the latest data on numbers of new HIV infections, numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths and HIV among children. The report also gives an overview of international and domestic HIV investments and the need for sustainability.
The Kaiser Family Foundation will provide online coverage of AIDS 2012.
Click here for general information on the conference. At the website you can also read and sign onto The Washington D.C. Declaration: "Turning the Tide Together: A Declaration to End the AIDS Epidemic."