AIDS 2012: Turning the Tide Together

Content From: HIV.govPublished: July 22, 20122 min read


Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., FFPH

The doors to Washington, D.C. open to the world today with the official start of the XIX International AIDS Conference. For the first time in 22 years, the United States welcomes the world’s largest gathering of professionals working in the field of HIV. This affords us the opportunity to rapidly learn about new developments to increase our effectiveness in our work. Attendees will benefit from the science presented, the partnerships solidified, and the new conversations started that often lead to tomorrow’s next developments.

HIV programmatic advances, such as recent biomedical findings on the effectiveness of HIV treatment as prevention, are changing the way we care for those with HIV and how we prevent further spread of the disease. We look forward to hearing perspectives from our NIH colleagues on investments and progress in AIDS research. Last week’s approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, a session on USA and Canada, and many more.

In the U.S., the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the U.S. on Wednesday, from 1:00-2:00pm, with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and CDC’s Center for Global Health Director Dr. Kevin DeCock.

In closing, we want to thank the conference coordinating committeeExit Disclaimer of the XIX International AIDS Conference for all their hard work in bringing us together. Our collective efforts to continue to raise awareness, fight stigma, find ways to increase health equity, and work toward solutions to obstacles in our prevention efforts are critical. What we accomplish in communities in every corner of the world helps us all move toward a healthier world and collective vision of an AIDS-Free Generation. Once again, it is our pleasure to welcome the top professionals in the field of HIV/AIDS to this important conference.