AIDS 2010 Pre-Conference Buzz
July 17, 2010
Each day during AIDS 2010, we'll be following tweets, blog entries and news stories coming out of the conference and posting a daily roundup of some of the most interesting news to hit the Web.
Vienna today was "so hot that the conference posters [were] peeling off the walls" (@AIDSPolicyProj), but people of more than 100 nationalities gathered anyway (@mysteryoussef), even though AIDS 2010 hasn't officially started yet. So what's going on?
Aside from events, people across the Web have been posting articles and blog entries about the conference. Actress Debra Messing writes in solidarity:
Conference attendee Miriam Rabkin tweeted, "Why have scientists abandoned the International AIDS Conference?" and posted a link to this editorial from Science magazine by Jessica Justman and Wafaa El-Sadr of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (requires registration):
The past decade of the International AIDS Conference has reflected frustration over a growing divide between those with and without access to HIV treatment, particularly as millions continued to die of HIV in Africa. The challenges of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and providing mothers with lifesaving treatment were among the most critical issues debated. But during this same period of promoting wider access to treatment, basic and clinical researchers became increasingly reluctant to attend the conference. Rather, many chose to attend highly focused meetings in their specific interest areas (for example, those on HIV resistance, HIV vaccine development, or metabolic complications during HIV infection) or general meetings perceived as "more scientific," such as the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. As a result, the only forum emphasizing dialogue between those engaged in generating new scientific knowledge, those tackling the epidemic in a practical manner, and those dealing with its very personal impact, has been weakened.
If you're wondering what it looks like at the conference and around Vienna, check out these galleries and twitpics from people on the scene:
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