CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

September 2, 2014

6 Lessons From the Aids 2014 Conference

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

6 LESSONS LEARNED

FROM THE 20TH INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE

HELD IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA IN JULY 2014

 No one can be left behind if the AIDS epidemic is to come to an end by 2030. This was one of the main messages of the 20th International AIDS Conference, which closed in Melbourne, Australia, on 25 July (2014).

AIDS 2014 concluded with a general sense that, despite all the progress made to date, the social determinants of the epidemic still need to be addressed. Existing punitive laws and stigma and discrimination were identified as some of the main barriers to bringing the epidemic under control. Catering for the needs of adolescents and key populations at higher risk of infection was identified as important for an effective response to AIDS, as well as focusing programmes in the geographical areas where most new HIV infections occur.*

The conference, organized by the International Aids Society, was attended by more than 16,000 members from more than 177 countries. The society is the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals working at all levels on the global response to AIDS.

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SIX LESSONS FROM THE AIDS 2014 CONFERENCE

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