9th AIDS Conference on Science Opens in Paris. 24/7/2017

Published by UNAIDS

More than 6 000 HIV professionals from around the world have gathered in Paris for the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science. The four-day conference is one of the largest open scientific meetings on HIV, organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS) in partnership with the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS).

This year’s conference will prioritize basic science, a prerequisite step to ending the HIV epidemic and feature studies that shine a light on the specific needs of key populations, including young people, transgender people, men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who inject drugs.

The conference was officially opened on Sunday evening by French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, French economist Esther Duflo, Giovanna Rincon, President of the ACCEPTESS-T association and officiated by Linda-Gail Bekker, President of IAS and International Scientific Chair of IAS 2017 as well as IAS 2017 Local Scientific Chair and former director of ANRS.

Global HIV funding has many preoccupied at the Paris conference. Funding cuts would devastate HIV research and treatment programmes, stalling or undoing recent progress highlighted in the latest UNAIDS report released 20 July. IAS reiterated that their shared objective was to ensure that science remains the backbone of the global AIDS response saying funding was critical to end the HIV epidemic.

The conference runs from 23 July to the 26th.

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