Commentary & Opinion
International AIDS Conference No Longer "Cutting-Edge Scientific Meeting" But Focuses Public Attention on AIDS Fight, NEJM Opinion Piece Says
August 20, 2004
The biannual International AIDS Conference is "no longer the cutting-edge scientific meeting that it once was" but instead is "a forum to focus public attention on the many aspects of the epidemic," Dr. Robert Steinbrook, a national correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine, writes in a perspective piece in the Aug. 19 issue of NEJM. Before the next conference in Toronto in 2006, conference organizers must decide "how much to emphasize politics and money and how much to emphasize science and clinical care," Steinbrook says. Until then, there will be "contentious battles over the financing and organization of the global response" to HIV/AIDS, "but after years of waiting, a real start has been made toward controlling the great health care emergency of our time," Steinbrook concludes (Steinbrook, NEJM, 8/19).
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