- Category: AIDS 2012
- Published on Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
- Written by Liz Highleyman
The full program for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) was announced this week and is now available online at www.aids2012.org. Abstracts, slides, posters, and webcasts of selected presentations will also added to the website throughout the meeting.
The conference will take place July 22-27 in Washington, DC -- the first to be held in the U.S. since travel restrictions were imposed on people with HIV in the late 1980s. It is expected to draw some 25,000 participants.
Some of the well-known speakers who will address the meeting include former president Bill Clinton, philanthropist Bill Gates, Sir Elton John, actress Whoopi Goldberg, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci, and Phill Wilson of the Black AIDS Institute.
"The theme of AIDS 2012, Turning the Tide Together, has been selected to emphasize how a global and decisive commitment is crucial to change the course of the epidemic now that science is presenting promising results in HIV treatment and biomedical prevention," according to the conference organizers. "This biennial event is the world’s largest meeting on AIDS, where leading scientists report on the latest AIDS research, and together with implementers, community leaders and policymakers, help to identify next steps in the global response to AIDS."
In addition to the scientific sessions at the main conference -- which will cover topics including antiretroviral treatment as prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and HIV cure research -- the Global Village will offer a free space for education and networking among community members.
Online registration for AIDS 2012 will continue through July 17, then will be available on site. The latest conference updates can be found on the conference Facebook page and Twitter @aids2012 (#AIDS2012).
The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO), in partnership with AIDS2012, has developed an E-Guide for Community Involvement at AIDS2012, available at www.aids2012community.org.
AIDS 2012 is convened by the International AIDS Society and the conference’s international partners: the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+); the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO); the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS): the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC); Sidaction. The U.S.-based Black AIDS Institute; the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH); the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) at the White House; and the U.S. Positive Women’s Network (USPWN) are serving as local partners.
AIDS 2012. World’s Leading Scientists, President Bill Clinton, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, philanthropist Bill Gates and humanitarian Sir Elton John to address the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. (AIDS 2012). Press release. June 13, 2012.