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20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) plenary speakers announced
Date:12/3/2013

3 December 2013, (Geneva, Switzerland)--Organizers of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 20- 25 July 2014 today announced 19 major plenary presentations, focusing on the primary issues facing the global response to HIV and AIDS. Plenary sessions will open each day of the conference, which is expected to bring together more than 14,000 participants from over 200 countries.

"We are excited to have such a strong roster of eminent speakers as part of our conference programme," said Professor Sharon Lewin, Local Co-Chair of AIDS 2014, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University and Co-Head of the Centre for Biomedical Research at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne.

"The selected plenary topics and speakers will set the tone for a wide range of other sessions. AIDS 2014 will put focus on the most pressing issues related to HIV, including paediatric HIV, Key Affected Populations (including men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, and people who use drugs), new developments in HIV cure and vaccine, and social and legal barriers to prevention and treatment."

"The global response to the HIV epidemic has registered many great successes in recent years," said Professor Franoise Barr-Sinoussi, AIDS 2014 International Chair, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

"Recent data from UNAIDS show tremendous reductions in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, but we cannot let our guard down, we need to build on the present momentum to make sure that scientific advances are effectively implemented. By bringing together all stakeholders in the field of HIV, including scientists, people living with HIV, activists, policy makers, political leaders and young people, AIDS 2014 will provide an unique opportunity to discuss
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Contact: Sian Bowen
sian.bowen@iasociety.org
International AIDS Society
Source:Eurekalert

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