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‘Turning the Tide Together’: The XIX International AIDS conference

The United States will host the XIX annual international HIV/AIDS conference in Washington, DC from July 22-27, More than 20,000 participants and 2,000 journalists from approximately 200 countries are expected to convene at AIDS 2012.
AIDS 2012 will highlight the progress made in the past 30 years in HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment, and continuity of care and the challenges still to come as we move forward towards a vaccine, a cure and an AIDS free generation.
The conference theme, “Turning the Tide Together”, reflects a unique moment in time, emphasizing that the HIV epidemic has reached a defining moment. By acting decisively on recent scientific advances in HIV treatment and biomedical prevention, the momentum for a cure, and the continuing evidence of the ability to scale-up key intervention in the most-needed settings, we now have the potential to end the HIV epidemic.
‘Turning the Tide Together’ evokes both the scale of the task in hand and the power of AIDS 2012 to mobilize governments, NGOs, policy makers, scientists, civil society organizations, journalists and people living with HIV to join forces and build the necessary momentum to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS.
“In addition to working with governments, we’ll also hope to work with the society and the communities towards an AIDS free generation,” said Deborah Von Zinkernagel, U.S Department of State office of the U.S. Global AIDS coordinator.
AIDS 2012 will bring together leading scientists, public health experts, policy-makers and HIV-affected community to translate recent momentous scientific advances into action that will address the means to end the epidemic, within the current context of significant global economic challenges.
A number of United States government agencies have come together in the common cause of turning the tide against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They support a range of activities from research to technical assistance and financial support to other nations to combat the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. These global activists are coordinated with the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
PEPFAR is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum.
By the end of 2013, PEPFAR will directly support more than 6 million people on antiretroviral treatment; two million more than the previous goal.
The international AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.