AIDS Calgary Awareness Association

AIDS Calgary Awareness Association

July 23, 2012 16:22 ET

ACAA Joins the International AIDS Discussion

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 23, 2012) - This week, AIDS Calgary Awareness Association (ACAA) will be joining the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. ACAA has sent several senior staff members to represent our community and current HIV issues. The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to addressing the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward. AIDS 2012 will bring together more than 20,000 people from up to 200 countries, including upwards to 2,000 journalists from around the world.

This year's theme is 'Turning the Tide Together'. The conference will convene in Washington, D.C. at a defining moment in the history of HIV and AIDS. Scientific advances over the past year have dramatically altered the landscape of HIV treatment, prevention and support. There is a renewed sense of hope and optimism that it is possible to turn the tide of the epidemic.

The AIDS 2012 program will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types - from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions - will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking. Following the conference ACAA hopes to bring this knowledge to great use in the areas we serve in Alberta.

AIDS Calgary is a local not-for-profit AIDS service organization that offers support services to individuals who are at-risk for, infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and provides prevention and education throughout the Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Bow Valley regions. For more information, please contact AIDS Calgary at (403) 508-2500 or online at www.aidscalgary.org.

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