PATH staff will join colleagues from around the world in August to build a stronger and more effective global response to HIV/AIDS. The 2008 International AIDS Conference, the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS, is taking place in Mexico City from August 3 through August 8.
As a leader in the effort to reduce gender-based violence, PATH staff will be contributing their expertise to a satellite meeting on the intersections between HIV/AIDS and violence against women. PATH staff will also deliver presentations and join poster sessions on women-initiated prevention methods, gender equity as a strategy to reduce HIV risk, HIV/AIDS programming in India and China, HIV prevention research trials, and quality of care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Held every two years, the International AIDS Conference is a unique opportunity for activists, government representatives, public health experts, and scientists to discuss the latest advances in HIV/AIDS prevention, public policy, and treatment and care—and to set an agenda for continuing action.
This year’s conference theme is “universal action now”—emphasizing the continued urgency of the pandemic and reminding the world’s citizens of the responsibility we have to take individual and collective action. Scientific knowledge and tools to prevent new infections and prolong life among those living with HIV and AIDS already exist, even in the poorest settings. PATH shares the determination of our colleagues at the conference to bring additional resources and continued scientific research to bear in making treatment and prevention programs broadly available—not someday, but now.