19th International AIDS Conference: A preview

The opening ceremony of the 18th International AIDS conference held in Austria, Vienna in 2010. The 19th International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. Photo by: Marcus Rose / Workers' Photos / ©IAS

What are the possible HIV and AIDS-related topics that could be discussed at the 19th International AIDS Conference?

The event, whose theme this year is “Turning the tide,” will be held July 22-27 in Washington, D.C. Among the topics that will be tackled at the weeklong event include challenges and ways to end the epidemic, its transmission and its relation with other global health diseases.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has also laid out a list of activities for the conference, including several symposiums, panel discussions and networking opportunities. Some of the discussions will center on managing HIV resources and addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The Alliance will also be holding pre-conference activities July 18-21.

Meanwhile, the United States is set to launch a five-year $70 million HIV prevention program in Ethiopia on Friday (May 31), Walta Info reports. The money will come from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Implementing partners reportedly include the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Population Services International and World Learning.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.