International AIDS Society Conference Starts Sunday


The 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) will kick of Sunday, June 30, in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Key areas of interest will include new developments in antiretroviral therapy, biomedical HIV prevention, and improving access to and retention in care.

The HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention meeting is held every other year, alternating with the larger International AIDS Conference, which will next take place in Melbourne in July 2014. This year's location encourages a focus on HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific Islands, following previous conferences in Rome and Cape Town. One area of emphasis will be HIV prevention and treatment for people who use drugs, one of the major drivers of the local epidemic.

This year's IAS conference -- which is expected to draw 5000 researchers, clinicians, media representatives, and advocates -- will be preceded by a smaller "Towards an HIV Cure" 2-day meeting co-chaired by expert cure researchers Francoise Barré-Sinoussi (current IAS president), Steven Deeks, and Sharon Lewin.

The full IAS 2013 program is available online, and abstracts will be posted soon in accordance with conference embargo policies. Follow news on Twitter using hashtag #IAS2013. will be on site next week in Kuala Lumpur bringing you daily reports and video news from the conference, and will be working with NAM (, the IAS official online partner for scientific reporting. Follow us on Twitter @HIVandHepatitis.



7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.