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Substantial Private Sector, NGO, and Foundation Support Helps Ensure Success of the Largest Global Meeting on HIV - XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)

Major private sector, NGO, and foundation sponsors include Abbott Virology, Bristol-Myers Sqibb, Chevron, Gilead, Janssen, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss & Co., MAC AIDS Fund, Merck, Mylan, TD Bank, and ViiV Healthcare

9 July 2012 (Washington, D.C., - United States)- Organizers of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) - to be held in Washington, D.C., Unites States from 22 to 27 July 2012 - today announced significant private sector support for the Conference, including six major industry sponsors, fourteen corporate sponsors, and fourteen private donors.

Expected to attract more than 20,000 delegates from around the world, AIDS 2012 will be a tremendous opportunity for scientists and researchers to evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.

"We are extremely pleased with the level of commitment shown by so many," said Dr. Elly Katabira, International Chair of AIDS 2012 and President of the International AIDS Society. "Changing the course of HIV/AIDS is possible, but only with the unified commitment and action of everyone, including the private sector, NGOs, and foundations."

Major industry sponsors thus far are Abbott Virology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, Merck, and ViiV Healthcare. Private sector, NGO, and foundation sponsors are Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss & Co., Mylan, MAC AIDS Fund, TD Bank, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Abt Associates, Emcure, Ford Foundation, United Nations Foundations, Deloitte, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, AIDS United, and Tobira Therapeutics. More agreements are in the pipeline. For a full list of AIDS 2012 sponsors and supporters here or visit www.aids2012.org and click on 'Sponsors and Supporters.'

“The AIDS 2012 theme, Turning the Tide Together, has been selected because it captures the current sense of hope and the renewed optimism that a change in direction is possible,” AIDS 2012 U.S. Co-Chair Dr. Diane Havlir. “The support AIDS 2012 has received from the private sector is an example of the level of commitment all stakeholders need to continue to demonstrate if we are going to change the course of HIV/AIDS.”

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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.

Media centre opening hours: Media Centre operations begin on Saturday, 21 July at 13:00. The Media Centre will be staffed between 08:00 and 20:00 each day, and will remain accessible 24 hours per day until 24:00 on Friday, 27 July.

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 more information about this release:

Shawn Jain (Washington, D.C., U.S.)
AIDS 2012 U.S. Media Relations Coordinator
Email shawn.jain@aids2012.org
Tel: +1 (202) 470 3127
Mob: +1 (202) 714-0535

Francesca Da Ros (Geneva, Switzerland)
AIDS 2012 Communications and Media Officer
Email Francesca.Daros@iasociety.org
Tel: +41 22 710 0822
Mob: +41 (0)796 109 679
US Mob (July 16-28): +1 202 997 6917

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