Can You Imagine the End of AIDS? Join Us in DC to Make It a Reality!
Two Powerful Conferences at One Time: RESULTS/REF International Conference (IC) & International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)
RESULTS has a confirmed AIDS 2012 Affiliated Session!
An End to the Global AIDS Epidemic: How Past Progress Can Inspire Future Action
We will be joined by Buck Buckingham, Director of the Office of Global Health and HIV for the Peace Corps.
In the past year, the global HIV/AIDS community has begun to speak about the possibility of the end of the epidemic. Even 10 years ago, an HIV diagnosis was essentially a death sentence for those living in poor countries without access to anti-retroviral treatment. The launch of PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria have allowed for amazing progress, however the vision of an AIDS-free world is far from assured. Come learn from those who have played vital roles in this transformation over the past ten years about how we can use lessons from the past to inspire the work that is needed for the future.
This session is open to the public. It will be held during the 2012 RESULTS International Conference on Saturday, July 21st from 4:30-5:45 PM at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City. More information about the RESULTS International Conference can be found here
We look forward to seeing you there!
AIDS 2012 is going to be an amazing event. Since 1985, this conference has featured scientific breakthroughs to fight AIDS, opportunities for activists to raise their voices to decision-makers, and platforms where politicians can pledge their support. This year is particularly important for two reasons:
- the conference returns to the United States for the first time in 22 years;
- recent scientific research shows that we can now envision an end to AIDS.
Yet at this time of historic opportunity, we are facing budget cuts around the globe that threaten to derail this vision of the end of AIDS. With over 30,000 people expected to attend AIDS 2012, it is going to be a powerful and exciting environment, which is why we have planned the RESULTS International Conference (IC) at the same time. Below is a list of some of the opportunities created through the converging conferences:
- On Sunday evening, all IC participants have time to attend the Global Village of AIDS 2012. The Global Village is an energetic space where hundreds of groups who work on issues relating to HIV/AIDS will be tabling, performing, and presenting panels and workshops. It will be an amazing opportunity to learn about work being done around the world and to connect with others. The Global Village is free to attend and also open Monday, July 23–Thursday, July 26 from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm if you would like to spend more time visiting.
- ACTION, a partnership of global health advocacy organizations working to end TB and a project of REF, will have a booth you can visit in the Global Village. ACTION will also present a session entitled “Women, Children, and HIV-TB” that will take place in the Global Village on Monday July 23 from 1:00–2:30 PM. By coming to the ACTION booth or session, you can promote issues you care about to conference attendees and connect with other people who share your passion for these issues.
- A number of speakers at the IC will also be playing an important role in AIDS 2012. In fact, one of our plenary speakers, Dr. Myron Cohen, was a lead researcher on the “Treatment as Prevention” research which demonstrates that we can reduce HIV transmissions rates by 96 percent if we start treatment early — that’s right, treatment is prevention. You’ll hear from Dr. Cohen at the RESULTS IC before everyone hears him at AIDS 2012!
- On Tuesday, AIDS activists and supporters will gather for a large mobilization through DC that culminates at the White House. If you do not have any lobby meetings from 12:00–3:00 PM, you can join this exciting march and encourage policymakers to fund international and domestic AIDS and TB programs.