Human rights and HIV will be on the agenda at the 18th International AIDS Conference or AIDS 2010.
The conference will be held in Vienna, Austria from July 18 – 23.
The last International AIDS Conference, in Mexico in 2008, was applauded for finally raising the silent issue of discrimination against men-who-have-sex-with-men and the impact stigma can have on prevention efforts, particularly in developing countries.
Following the Mexican conference, Australian HIV lobbyists and researchers said they were excited gay men were again being taken seriously as a vulnerable group, after years of stagnation on the issue.
The push for universal access to HIV treatments is set to be the major topic of discussion at AIDS 2010, along with the challenges facing HIV prevention, treatment and support in the wake of the global economic crisis.
The International AIDS Conference is the leading gathering for those working in the HIV sector, policymakers, and people living with HIV to share information with the ultimate aim of ending the global HIV pandemic.
Conference organisers are also calling for volunteers to help coordinate the program.
Delegates who register by May 5 will avoid a last-minute fee surcharge.
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