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IAS
Names HIVMA/IDSA a Local Partner for 2012 International AIDS Meeting

July 15, 2010 WASHINGTON - The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced Monday that the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), with its Center for Global Health Policy, will be one of two local scientific partners for the 2012 International AIDS Conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. HIVMA represents more than 3,800 physicians, scientists and other health professionals who work in the field of HIV medicine in all 50 states and in countries across the globe.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been selected as the other local scientific partner. Local community partners include the Black AIDS Institute, the District of Columbia Department of Health, the Office of National AIDS Policy and The US Positive Women's Network. Sidaction was selected as the civil society partner.

"This is a real opportunity for the members of HIVMA to contribute to the scientific content and political voice of this influential biennial conference," said HIVMA Chair Michael Saag, MD, FIDSA. "We look forward to working with the IAS, NIH and the other partners to create a program that showcases the latest HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment discoveries and highlights the application of research findings to improving prevention and health outcomes in under-resourced countries and here at home."

"One of the big discussions in the community recently is whether or not the U.S. is limiting its commitment to global HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. This meeting will help ensure the U.S. does not forget its leading role in responding to the pandemic," said Kenneth Mayer, MD, FIDSA, co-chairman of the Global Center's Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Mayer was recently elected to serve on the IAS Governing Council. "The 2010 IAS meeting in Vienna starts in just a few days, and I'm sure we will start discussing what the D.C. meeting will look like in two years."

The Global Center will be live blogging from the International AIDS Conference in Vienna - with content updates, breaking news, and guest posts from high-profile attendees. Follow along at http://sciencespeaks.wordpress.com .

For more information or to schedule an interview with a physician-scientist expert, please contact Meredith Mazzotta at 703-740-4954 or mmazzotta@idsociety.org .

The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) is the professional home for more than 3,800 physicians, scientists and other health care professionals dedicated to the field of HIV/AIDS. Nested within the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), HIVMA promotes quality in HIV care and advocates policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice. IDSA is a professional society representing more than 9,000 physicians and scientists who specialize in infectious diseases. For more information, visit our websites:   www.hivma.org and   www.idsociety.org .

The Center for Global Health Policy, a project of IDSA and HIVMA, is an organization of physicians and scientists dedicated to promoting the effective use of U.S. funding for addressing the global HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics by providing scientific and policy information to policymakers, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the media.

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Meredith Mazzotta, Communications Officer
Center for Global Health Policy
703-740-4954 (office)
571-216-9942

mmazzotta@idsociety.org


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