Conference: The XIXth International AIDS Conference
Washington DC, USA
22–27 July 2012 Conference web site
The XIXth International AIDS Conference (AIDS2012) will be one of the central events of the year in global health and HIV. The conference theme is “Turning the tide together”, which emphasizes the decisive actions needed in today’s defining phase of the epidemic.
WHO said that it will introduce new proposals tomorrow (22 July 2012) at the XIX International AIDS Conference focused on more strategic use of antiretroviral HIV medications to significantly reduce the transmission of the virus. WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said, “Every year, more than a million more people in low- and middle-income countries start taking antiretroviral drugs. But for every person who starts treatment, another two are newly infected. Further scale-up and strategic use of the medicines could radically change this. We now have evidence that the same medicines we use to save lives and keep people healthy can also stop people from transmitting the virus and reduce the chance they will pass it to another person.” Over the next 12 months, WHO will compile a new, consolidated set of recommendations related to the use of ARVs for both HIV treatment and prevention. The document will provide countries with clinical, programmatic and operational guidance so they can make the most effective and strategic use of ARVs, WHO said.