XI International AIDS Conference, 1996

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The XI International AIDS Conference was held in Vancouver July 7–12, 1996. The theme of the conference was "One World One Hope".


Martin Schechter was the conference's co-chair. Donna Shalala gave the plenary address.[1]

This was the first conference after the technological advance of being able to measure HIV viral load.[2]

A study presented showed that United States military had higher risk of HIV infection.[3]

The conference presented the introduction of combination therapy using protease inhibitors.[4] Within a week after the conference, over 75,000 patients who had been using antibiotics and chemotherapy as treatment against opportunistic infections began an effective antiviral regimen which greatly increased their immune system strength and therefore their health.[5]


  1. ^ Shalala, Donna (1996-07-09). "11th International Conference on AIDS - Plenary Speech, Vancouver, Canada". hhs.gov. Archived from the original on October 3, 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Farnsworth, Elizabeth (July 10, 1996). "Online NewsHour: International Conference on AIDS". pbs.org. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Whiteside, A.; Winsbury, R. (1996). "Vancouver AIDS conference: Special report. The role of the military: To protect society -- and themselves". AIDS analysis Africa. 6 (4): 4. PMID 12347381. 
  4. ^ Cohen, O. J.; Fauci, A. S. (1998). "HIV/AIDS in 1998--Gaining the Upper Hand?". JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association. 280: 87. doi:10.1001/jama.280.1.87. 
  5. ^ Engel, Jonathan (2006). The epidemic : [a global history of AIDS]. New York: Smithsonian Books/Collins. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-06-114488-2. 

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