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August 2012 CFAR Newsletter - International AIDS Meeting in DC

August 2012 CFAR Newsletter - International AIDS Meeting in DC

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UNC CFAR at the 2012 XIX International AIDS Conference
The mission of the CFAR isto provide a multidisciplinaryenvironment that promotesbasic, clinical, behavioral andtranslational research in theprevention, detection andtreatment of HIV infection.
 
August 7, 2012
Volume
4. Issue 5
Center forAIDSResearch
 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The International AIDS Conference is agathering for health care providers, activists,policy makers, persons living with and affectedby HIV, and those interested in working toend the AIDS pandemic. Every two years,new scientific knowledge and discoveries arepresented, providing an opportunity fordialogue and planning for the future of HIV/AIDS care. The 2012 conference took place inWashington, D.C. from July 22 to 27. The IASGoverning Council voted to hold the meeting
in the US following President Barack Obama’s
October 2009 announcement that the nationwould end its entry restrictions on peopleliving with HIV effective January 4, 2010. Theconference was last held in the U.S. in 1990 inSan Francisco, California. The removal of entry restrictions on people living with HIV bythe U.S. allows for the return of this globalconference to the United States after a22-year absence.The theme of this year's global conference
was “Turning the Tide Together.” Attendees
heard lectures and new ideas from a varietyof world leaders, including former PresidentBill Clinton, Secretary of State HillaryRodham Clinton, South African DeputyPresident Kgalema Motlanthe, UNAIDSExecutive Director Michel Sidibé, Bill Gates,and Elton John. Sessions offered paneldiscussions, abstract presentations of newdiscoveries in the field, satellite meetings toinclude viewers from around the world, andactivities in the Global Village. Theconference hosted an estimated 25,000people from 200 countries. Research from awide array of scholars, students, anddepartments at University of North Carolinaat Chapel Hill contributed to more than 100abstracts presented at the conference, ontopics ranging from novel preventionstrategies, to reducing stigma, to finding acure.The CFAR CODE office spoke withseveral of these esteemed colleagues to heartheir unique perspectives on the importanceof this conference and how it felt to bringtheir research into the public eye at theconference.
CONTACT:- UNC CFAR Website:http://cfar.med.unc.edu/- Ronald Swanstrom PI -riscunc@med.unc.edu- CODE Office Contacts:Dr. Ron Strauss(ron_strauss@unc.edu) &Vanessa White(VMWhite@email.unc.edu)- Newsletter compiled byDanielle Strauss- Disponible en Español:contactaVMWhite@email.unc.edu
NEWS BRIEF:
- To read more UNCperspectives from insidethe International AIDSConference, visit http://globalhealth.unc.edu/blog/
 
- To hear thoughts onHIV and women fromValerie Jarett, SeniorAdvisor to the US Presi-dent for Intergovern-mental Affairs and PublicEngagement, visit http://tinyurl.com/c6q9v6f - To see beautiful photosfrom all areas of theconference, visit: http://aids2012.smugmug.com/- Daniel Halperin, adjunctassociate professor of health behavior andhealth education at
UNC’s School of Public
Health, has released anew book called
Tinder-box 
on how US westerncolonial powers sparkedthe HIV epidemic andfanned its rise
.
Learnmore at http://tinyurl.com/cxln9zm and
www.tinderboxbook.com
 
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told theconference attendees, "I am here today to make itabsolutely clear the U.S. is committed and will remaincommitted to achieving an AIDS-free generation." This goal includes no babies born infected, young peoplewith a much lower risk than today of becoming in-fected and people living with HIV having easy accessto medication.Photo Credit: Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images
 Activists cheer for the “We Can End AIDS” March at the
International AIDS Conference © IAS/Deborah Campos

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