XIX International AIDS Conference, 2012

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The XIX International AIDS Conference was a conference held in Washington, D.C. from 22 to 27 July 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, run by the International AIDS Society.


The theme of the conference is "Turning the Tide Together". The meaning of the theme is that because of recent advances in HIV treatment and prevention and increased evidence that it is possible to scale up interventions, communities have new opportunities to change the historical course of HIV infection.[1]


The conference featured many leaders in fields relating to HIV.

Plenary session speakers[2]
Day Speaker Country Role Talking points
Monday Anthony S. Fauci  United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Public health implementation
Phill Wilson  United States Black AIDS Institute Ending AIDS in the United States
Sheila Tlou  United Nations UNAIDS Accountability for achieving targets
Tuesday Javier Martinez-Picado  Spain AIDS Research Institute IrsiCaixa Eradicating the virus and agenda for a cure
Nelly Mugo  Kenya University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital Implementation science
Bernhard Schwartländer  United Nations UNAIDS The costs of necessary policy and societal changes
Wednesday Barton Haynes  United States Duke University Human Vaccine Institute Development of an HIV vaccine
Chewe Luo  United Nations UNICEF AIDS and youth
Linda H. Scruggs  United States Community representative An agenda for women
Geeta Rao Gupta  United Nations UNICEF Changing the AIDS services for women
Thursday Paul Semugoma  Uganda Global Forum on MSM and HIV Men who have sex with men and HIV
Cheryl Overs  Australia Monash University Public health and harm reduction
Debbie McMillan  United States Transgender Health Empowerment Drug-using populations
Gottfried Hirnschall  United Nations World Health Organization Testing and treatment
Friday Anthony Harries  France International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Tuberculosis and HIV
Judith Currier  United States University of California, Los Angeles Non-communicable diseases and HIV
Yogan Pillay  South Africa South African Department of Health Integration of HIV services with general health services

Response of host city[edit]

The International AIDS Society formally announced that Washington D.C. would host the conference on February 25, 2011. On February 23 Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the creation of the Mayor's Commission on HIV/AIDS, which is a city board which has the mission to promote treatment and HIV prevention. Gray stated that the conference would bring $22–25 million to the city as delegates stayed in hotels, ate in restaurants, and enjoyed city entertainment.[3]


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