Renewed optimisim for AIDS cure
by Peter Richards WASHINGTON, July 22, CMC – The 19th International AIDS conference opened here on Sunday against the background of improved scientific advances in fighting the deadly disease and optimism that a cure will be found very soon.
“There is no doubt that our progress over the past 30 years has been impressive, but maintaining the status quo is simply not enough “said Dr. Diane Havlir, United States co-chair of AIDS 2012 and Professor of Medicine at the University of California.
“My message to policy makers around the entire world watching us here in DC, is this, invest in science, invest in the epidemic, you will save lives”.
The six day conference, which is being under the theme “Turning the Tide Together”, is being attended by more than 23,000 delegates from over 195 countries.
There are a record 34.2 million people worldwide living with HIV and the virus killed more than
4,000 people a day last year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The organisers said that the conference is taking place at a time of recent scientific advances that have changed the landscape of the epidemic. During the week, delegates will present the latest scientific research and building momentum toward ensuring that financing and global leadership across all sectors keep pace with scientific progress against HIV.
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