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IAS response to President Obama's World AIDS Day Speech

1 December 2011 - Geneva, Switzerland - "President Obama's speech today is a shot in the arm for scientists, activists and people living with HIV around the globe whose hopes for an AIDS free world are pinned on the recognition that science, matched with adequate funding, can get us thinking about overcoming AIDS," said Elly Katabira the president of the International AIDS Society, custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Washington in July 2012. "The International AIDS Society welcomes President Obama's bold commitment to maintain US funding of global AIDS programs in times of economic crisis."

"The President's call to the global community to join the US, and make AIDS history was not only powerful but necessary - getting 15 million people on treatment by 2015 will not be covered by less expensive treatments alone - it will require countries to take up President Obama's challenge and commit to their pledges to the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and AIDS.

"We're at an historical moment - scientifically speaking the time is right to begin to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic - politicians have the opportunity before them to seize the moment and turn the tide," concluded Katabira.

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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, which will be held in Washington, D.C., in July 2012, and lead organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.

www.iasociety.org | www.aids2012.org

For more information:

Sian Bowen (Geneva, Switzerland)
IAS Senior Manager, Communications
Email: Sian.Bowen@iasociety.org
el: +41 22 710 0864

Lindsey Rodger (Geneva, Switzerland)
IAS Communications and Media Officer
Email: Lindsey.Rodger@iasociety.org
Tel: +41 22 710 0822

Reproduced with permission - "International AIDS Society (IAS)"

International AIDS Society (IAS)
www.iasociety.org


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