III International AIDS Conference, 1987

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The III International AIDS Conference was held in Washington, D.C. in 1987.

Conference highlights[edit]

6000 researchers attended and presented 220 science reports.[1] 900 journalists attended.[1]

Vice President George W. Bush spoke at the conference on the topic of confidentiality of HIV testing, for which the government was developing a policy.[2]

Robert Gallo announced the discovery of HIV-2.[2]

The conference marked an international acceptance in recognizing AIDS. Between 1986-7, the number of countries which reported AIDS statistics to the WHO doubled.[1] The conference brought recognition to many countries' national HIV education programs.[1] There was no single research breakthrough at the conference which emerged as particularly newsworthy in the mass media.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Windom, Robert E. (September–October 1987). "The Third International AIDS Conference - Reflections" (PDF). Public Health Journal. 102 (5): 461–462. PMC 1477906Freely accessible. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Cimons, Marlene; Nelson, Harry (2 June 1987). "Bush Is Booed as He Defends AIDS Proposals". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 9 March 2012.