Activism Takes Center Stage at 2017 IAS Conference on HIV Science
July 24, 2017
The opening session of the 2017 IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) saw a call for more science, research and innovation in the fight against HIV. Officials gave speeches about progress and motivation, but activists stole the show.
"We are scientists, but we are also advocates. These labels are not mutually exclusive. And I believe all researchers embody these two roles," said Linda-Gail Bekker, Ph.D., FCP (SA), president of the International AIDS Society (IAS), during her opening remarks.
Watch video of activists interrupting IAS 2017 opening session (around the 8:47 mark):
"People who say we will end AIDS are not the people on the ground, and they don't have a clue about what is happening," she stated.
"AIDS is not over," she firmly declared, repeating once more, "AIDS is not over."
She then asked everybody in the auditorium to stand up and take a pledge against HIV.
Watch video of attendees at IAS 2017 opening session stand for a pledge against HIV (around the 14:30 mark):
Warren Tong is the senior science editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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This article was provided by TheBody. It is a part of the publication The 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science.
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