International AIDS conference to take place in DC this year

The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently created a short video featuring the perspectives of HIV/AIDS experts looking forward to the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, AIDS2012.

From July 22 to 27, 2012, Washington, D.C., will host the 19th international AIDS conference, known as AIDS2012. As the largest conference in the world dedicated to a single global health topic, organizers expect 25,000 people –- including scientists, activists, practitioners, and policymakers -– to attend this year’s meeting.

The return of the International AIDS Conference to US soil is historic. Although the conference was held in the US three times between 1985 and 1990, it has been 22 years since the meeting convened in the United States. This hiatus was due to a travel ban imposed in 1987 that prohibited people with HIV/AIDS from receiving a US entry visa. President Obama’s 2009 lifting of the HIV “immigration ban” paved the way for a US-hosted meeting for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century.

To contribute to efforts to strengthen the impact of the July meetings, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center formed a senior advisory group known as Friends of AIDS 2012. Our video features the perspectives of many in the Friends of AIDS 2012 group and emphasizes the importance of the conferences in stimulating research, energizing civil society engagement, shoring up political will to address HIV/AIDS challenges, and encouraging funding for program activities in the neediest settings.

Please submit any questions you have to: www.SmartGlobalHealth.org/AIDS2012.

-Katherine Bliss, deputy director and senior fellow, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS