The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced Monday that the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), with its Center for Global Health Policy, will be one of two local scientific partners for the 2012 International AIDS Conference — to be held in Washington, DC in July 2012. HIVMA represents more than 3800 physicians, scientists and other health professionals who work in the field of HIV medicine in all 50 states and in a wide range of countries across the globe.
The National Institutes of Health has been selected to be the other local scientific partner. Other community local partners include the Black AIDS Institute, the District of Columbia Department of Health, the Office of National AIDS Policy, The US Positive Women’s Network. Sidaction was selected as the civil society partner.
In a press release, Chair of AIDS 2012 and IAS President-Elect Elly Katabira said, “With the announcement of these impressive and diverse civil society and local partnerships for AIDS 2012, we can look forward to ensuring that the conference further strengthens the U.S. role in global AIDS initiatives and re-energizes both the global and U.S domestic response to the epidemic.”
The IAS is the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals, with 14,000 members in 190 countries. Along with its permanent partners, the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS, and the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, they will host the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, from July 18-23. Stay tuned to ScienceSpeaks for special articles leading up to the Conference and for live blogging from Vienna next week.
In other news, HIVMA chair Michael Saag, MD, will attend the unveiling of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy at the White House Tuesday afternoon. He will also attend an evening reception for the AIDS community where President Obama is expected to speak. The Global Health Center’s Director Christine Lubinski and HIVMA Executive Director Andrea Weddle also will be there.