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Countdown to 20th International AIDS Conference launched on World AIDS Day
Date:11/26/2013

Tuesday 26 November, 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland) -- Professor Sharon Lewin of Monash University and Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, will officially launch the countdown to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne on World AIDS Day, December 1st. Lewin will join Nobel Laureate and human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar and UNAIDS Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination and Michel Sidib, Executive Director of UNAIDS, in Melbourne to participate in World AIDS Day activities.

Professor Lewin is the local Co-Chair of the AIDS 2014 conference which will be held in Melbourne July 20-25, 2014. The conference theme, Stepping up the Pace, reflects the substantial progress being made in the global response to HIV: there are growing numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, falling rates of new HIV infections worldwide, and a renewed scientific optimism around about the benefit of treatment as prevention and scientific progress towards a cure and vaccine.

However, the theme also recognizes that key affected populations (such as men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people who inject drugs) in many countries are being left behind in terms of accessing treatment, prevention and care. There is a real and urgent need to address stigma and the inequalities that are fueling HIV, particularly amongst those specific groups of the community.

"Stepping up the Pace reminds us that, despite the significant scientific gains being reported in many countries, success has not translated into an effective response in many others including notably in many parts of the Asia Pacific region," 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
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Contact: Sian Bowen
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41-227-100-864
International AIDS Society
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