21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)
AIDS 2016 is expected to convene over 20,000 delegates from around the world including up to 1,000 journalists. The International AIDS Society, the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, is organising AIDS 2016 in collaboration with international, regional and national partners.17 Jul 2016 to 22 Jul 2016 | Durban, South Africa
This is the second time that Durban will be hosting the International AIDS Conference, having hosted the XIII International AIDS Conference in 2000 under the theme Breaking the Silence. That conference was the first to take place in a developing country and enormously helped to change the approach to global public health. AIDS 2000 was a real watershed in the history of the HIV epidemic. Holding the conference in Durban will undoubtedly have a deep and lasting impact on one of the most important challenges of South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in 2012 South Africa registered more than 450,000 new HIV infections, a dramatic drop from the 640,000 new infections registered in 2001.
South Africa has made progress in reducing new HIV infections in young people and reducing mortality due to AIDS by providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) to more than 2.4 million people. The number of people living with HIV continues to be the highest in the world. The country has a large cohort of AIDS scientists who undertake research on HIV prevention and treatment as well as surveillance of the epidemic. Coming to South Africa in 2016 will expose you to recent research findings carried out in that country.
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