International AIDS Conference to be held in the US after over 20-year ban

The International AIDS Society has announced that the 2012 International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. This will mark the first time the meeting has been held in the United States since 1990, when it was held in San Francisco. The decision came largely as a result of the lifting of restrictions for people with HIV entering the United States, which was announced by President Obama in October.

The US HIV travel ban was consistently opposed by HIV activists and the decision taken by the IAS to refuse to hold meetings in the US was widely supported.

The 2012 meeting, held from 22-27 July, is expected to attract more than 25,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including more than 2,500 journalists.

Source: Press release, International AIDS Society. The IAS announces Washington, DC, as site of the 19th International AIDS Conference in July 2012: removal of entry restrictions on People Living with HIV by the U.S. allows for return of conference after 22-year absence. (30 Nov 2009).

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