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World's Leading Scientists, President Bill Clinton, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, philanthropist Bill Gates and humanitarian Sir Elton John to address the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. (AIDS 2012)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, (Burma) to address the conference by video

Some 25,000 Scientists, People Living with HIV, and Other Stakeholders expected to attend AIDS 2012

Official Conference programme now online

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 (Washington, D.C., USA) - Organizers of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) announced today that President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, philanthropist Bill Gates, and humanitarian Sir Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, will be among the high-level speakers who will join thousands of the world's top AIDS researchers, community leaders, and other stakeholders in Washington, D.C. this summer. An estimated 25,000 attendees are expected to attend AIDS 2012, which will take place from 22 to 27 July under the theme Turning the Tide Together.

President Clinton will deliver keynote remarks at the closing session on Friday, 27 July. Sir Elton John will deliver a keynote address on Monday, 23 July.

In the last few years various research trials, including HPTN 052, TDF2, Partners PrEP, and iPrEx have demonstrated with solid evidence the efficacy of HIV treatment as prevention, while other studies are currently investigating the possibility of a cure for HIV.

"Thanks to these scientific advances, for the first time we have a real opportunity to make a major dent in the epidemic," said Elly Katabira, International Chair of AIDS 2012 and President of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

"We are delighted to welcome the world's leading AIDS scientists to AIDS 2012, and to have secured these high-level keynote speakers at this crucial time in the global response to HIV."

The theme of AIDS 2012, Turning the Tide Together, has been selected to emphasize how a global and decisive commitment is crucial to change the course of the epidemic now that science is presenting promising results in HIV treatment and biomedical prevention. This biennial event is the world's largest meeting on AIDS, where leading scientists report on the latest AIDS research, and together with implementers, community leaders and policymakers, help to identify next steps in the global response to AIDS.

"AIDS 2012 represents a unique occasion to mobilize policy makers, governments, NGOs, scientists, people living with HIV and civil society to join forces," said Dr. Diane Havlir, U.S. Co-Chair of AIDS 2012 and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

"Despite the global turbulent economic climate we cannot miss this historic moment, and it is vital to continue to attract funding to invest in AIDS research and promote programmes based on effectiveness and efficiency in order to optimize the use of resources," concluded Havlir.

The full AIDS 2012 programme is now available through the conference website www.aids2012.org and significant parts of the programme - including webcasts of key sessions, speeches, slide presentations, abstracts, digital posters, session-specific and daily rapporteur reports, as well as workshop handouts and audio recordings, will also be online during the conference.

Some confirmed high level speakers at AIDS 2012:

President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States
Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, South Africa
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, Burma, (video address)
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS
Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sir Elton John, Elton John AIDS Foundation
Whoopi Goldberg, Actress
Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of State for Health, Ethiopia
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Canada
Benedict Xaba, Minister of Health,, Swaziland

ENDS

Media Registration
ALL media are encouraged to register as early as possible due to the visa process. Journalists have been advised by the US authorities to apply for an I visa. See more information about visa process for media delegates at: http://www.aids2012.org/WebContent/File/AIDS2012_Visa_Media.pdf Registering will also automatically place media representatives on a database enabling them to receive important press announcements in the lead up to the International AIDS Conference.

Conference Organization

AIDS 2012 is convened by the International AIDS Society and the conference's international partners: the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+); the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO); the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS): the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC); Sidaction.

AIDS 2012 Key dates


1 December 2011
- Abstract submissions open
- Registrations open
- Accommodation bookings open
- Workshop applications open
- Global Village applications open
- Youth Programme applications open
- Satellites applications open
- Exhibition applications open

8 December 2011

- Scholarship applications open

1 February 2012

Abstract Mentor Programme submissions close

15 February 2012

- Abstract submissions close
- Scholarship applications close
- Workshop applications close
- Global Village applications close
- Youth Programme applications close

23 February 2012

- Registrations standard fee deadline

14 March 2012

- Hubs applications open

31 March 2012

- Satellites applications close

2 April 2012

- Volunteer applications open

19 April 2012

- Abstract submissions late breakers open

For more information visit www.aids2012.org/registration.aspx

About AIDS 2012

The International AIDS Conference is the largest gathering of professionals working in the field of HIV, including people living with HIV and other leaders in the HIV response. It plays a fundamental role in shaping the global response to HIV and in keeping HIV and AIDS on the international political agenda.

Conference Organization

AIDS 2012 is convened by the International AIDS Society and the conference's permanent partners are the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+); the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO); the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The U.S.-based Black AIDS Institute; the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH); the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) at the White House; and the U.S. Positive Women's Network (USPWN) are serving as local partners.

AIDS 2012: Join the conversation
Get the latest conference updates and share your thoughts and ideas through the Conference Facebook and Twitter. We are tweeting - @aids2012 - and hope many of you will tweet along with us, using #AIDS2012 to keep the conversation going.   Become a fan of AIDS 2012 on Facebook and stay in touch with the latest conference updates and developments. Please visit www.facebook.com/aids2012 to become a fan. If your group or organization is participating in AIDS 2012, we welcome posts of photos and videos of your work on this page. Tell us why you are coming to Washington and what you hope to gain from AIDS 2012.

About the IAS
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, with over 16,000 members from more than 196 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. Our members include researchers from all disciplines, clinicians, public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic, as well as policy and programme planners. The IAS is the custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference and lead organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 30 June- 3 July 2013. . www.iasociety.org | www.ias2011.org


For interview requests with Elly Katabira and more information about this release:

Francesca Da Ros (Geneva, Switzerland) AIDS 2012 Communications and Media Officer Email: Francesca.Daros@iasociety.org Tel: +41 22 710 0822 Mob: +41 796 109679 Michael Kessler International Media Coordinator Email: michael.kessler@aids2012.org Mob: +34 655 792 699 Skype: mickgpi

Michael Kessler
International Media Coordinator
Email: michael.kessler@aids2012.org
Mob: +34 655 792 699
Skype: mickgpi

For interview requests with Diane Havlir and more information about this release:
Shawn Jain (Washington, D.C.)
U.S Media Relations
Tel: +1 (202) 470-3127
Mob: +1 (202) 714-0535
shawn.jain@aids2012.org

Adina Ellis (Washington, D.C.)
U.S. Communications and Public Affairs
Email: adina.ellis@aids2012.org
Tel: +1 (202) 714--6793

"Reproduced with permission - International AIDS Society"

International AIDS Society
www.iasociety.org


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