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Sen. Coburn Asks for Money From AIDS Conference to Be Used on Treatment, Research; IAS Responds on Importance of Conference

February 26, 2010

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has sent a letter to the conveners of the upcoming International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) in Vienna, Austria, asking them to cancel it and "use money for travel and meetings on treatment and research instead," the Washington Times reports. "While I recognize the International AIDS Conference can provide a unique forum for networking, reviewing scientific developments and sharing information for many stakeholders, modern technology allows us to accomplish these goals for relatively little cost," Coburn wrote in the Feb. 19 letter to the International AIDS Society (IAS), which convenes the conference. IAS President Julio Montaner responded to the letter: "My colleagues and I firmly believe that it would be foolhardy in the midst of such significant investments to not take the opportunity every two years to assess progress to date, generate new ideas and strategies and chart a collective course forward." According to the

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Comment by: Tom (Minneapolis) Fri., Mar. 5, 2010 at 8:44 am EST
A typical comment from a Republican....sadly typical of thier mindset. Perhaps they should set an example and hold their national convention "on line" and have everyone stay at home and sit in front of their webcam (oh wait.....I'm sure some of them do that now).
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Comment by: Scott (Albuqurque NM) Thu., Mar. 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm EST
for once i agree with the republicans enough is enough im HIV POZ at home in this country USA the money should be spent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Comment by: Thu., Mar. 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm EST
Anyone who works in HIV knows that Coburn is an idiot.
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