The International AIDS Conference 2012 was launched last night in Washington, DC. Around 20,000 delegates from 200 countries are expected to attend, as a unique gathering of world leaders, academics, activists, policy makers and civil society join together to fortify a global effort to fight HIV & AIDS over the conference’s week-long proceedings.
AIDS 2012 comes at an opportune time, with UNAIDS releasing its latest report, ‘Together we will end AIDS’ on July 18. With a record 8 million people are now receiving antiretroviral therapy across the globe, the report provides the scope and size of the epidemic, and announces that more countries are now increasing their own share of investments for HIV. Dr Diane Havlir, an AIDS specialist from San Francisco spoke during the opening ceremony and said it would be “an extraordinary failure of global will and conscience” if the US government blocks federal funding. Dr Havlir said that we have the chance to “start to end AIDS”.
Here is a snapshot from the official AIDS 2012 conference trailer ‘Turning the Tide Together’:
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