AIDS 2012: Defining an Exit Strategy for Ending AIDS in Black America

Content From: HIV.govPublished: May 03, 20122 min read


Phill Wilson
The Black AIDS InstituteExit Disclaimer is a local community partner for AIDS 2012. asked the Institute to share its perspective on the conference.Every two years, the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)Exit Disclaimer serves as the most important HIV-related scientific meeting in the world. This year’s conference—the first in the U.S. in more than two decades—is sure to highlight cutting-edge research findings and unparalleled opportunities for diverse stakeholders to network with each other. Program tracks will focus on leadership and affected communities, and a special series will provide skills-building sessions for those engaged in HIV-related work. For these reasons and more, AIDS 2012 offers a unique chance to shine a global and national spotlight on the fight against AIDS in Black America.

Not only will the conference occur in the city where the most important HIV-related political decisions are made, but the host city also vividly illustrates both the challenges posed by AIDS in Black America as well as ways that Black communities are responding to these challenges.

Three percent is contributing to this effort by sponsoring a delegation of Black journalists, working with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and others to provide AIDS training to attending journalists, sponsoring Black treatment advocatesExit Disclaimer to attend the conference, and reporting each day to the grassroots on major happenings at the meeting.

Engagement in the International AIDS Conference is important to the goal of ending AIDS in Black America. As biomedical tools will be essential to efforts to reduce the spread of HIV and lower the incidence of HIV-related illness and death, Black communities need to build strong and durable science and treatment literacy to enable community members to understand and use AIDS-fighting tools. The conference also offers a unique opportunity for Black Americans involved in the HIV response to network with, and learn from, counterparts from other parts of the world, especially those working to fight AIDS in the worldwide Black diaspora.