AIDS 2012 Highlights
August 3, 2012
What a week! AIDS 2012, the International AIDS Conference (IAC), was held in Washington, D.C. July 23-27, 2012. The week marked the return of the IAC to the United States after 22 years, following the official lifting in 2010 of the shameful law and policy barring HIV positive individuals' entry to the U.S. The last IAC in the U.S. was held in San Francisco in 1990. (Historical trivia: the 1992 conference originally was set to be held in Boston, with Harvard University as a lead organizer, but was moved to Amsterdam because of the U.S entry ban. Harvard continued its role; hence the 1992 conference unofficially was called "the Boston conference held in Amsterdam.")
As reported by the Conference Secretariat, 23,767 people participated in AIDS 2012, including nearly 19,000 conference delegates (1,900 of whom were media delegates). 183 countries were represented, with 51% of total participants from the U.S. The Global Village, which was open to the public, held 265 official activities.
With over 200 sessions and 3,837 abstracts accepted, it's impossible to summarize the overwhelming conference in one report. Any summary is also bound to be more than a bit subjective. With that being said, highlights from this delegate's perspective included:
Although the many sessions, speeches, posters, networking opportunities, and receptions are over, IAC has sparked a sense of real promise and optimism that will hopefully continue as the very real challenges of ending the epidemic are faced in the months ahead. AIDS United will stay engaged and work to keep all of you engaged. We can win this!!!
Below are websites with more information on AIDS 2012 and summaries of the conference:
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