Human Rights / Health

U.S.A. to host International AIDS conference

Thursday, July 12, 2012
For the first time in 22 years the U.S.A. will host the International AIDS conference, due to previous denial to entry into the country for HIV-infected individuals

 

In July 22nd-27th, the U.S.A. is expected to host over 25,000 attendees to the XIX International AIDS Conference to be held in Washington D. C. The conference aims at bringing together politicians, scientists, activists, experts, and interested individuals in order to assess the development of the fight against the pandemic.
 
The relevance of the U.S.A. as a host country after 22 years relies in the fact that up to 2010, the government did not allow the legal entry of HIV-infected individuals into country. 
 
“We are at the beginning of the end in the AIDS pandemic, and this will be the dominant topic in the conference. This is not a typical medical conference but a meeting of leaders from all over the world who are passionate about their work”, co-president of the conference Diane Havlir stated.
 
Currently, there are about 35 million people in the world infected with the HIV virus and almost 30 million lives have been lost to it since its discovery. “It is now up to legislators around the world … science has given us the possibility to end with this pandemic but countries must now compromise to provide the necessary resources”, Chris Collins vice-president of the Foundation for AIDS research stated. 
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