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Turning the Tide Together: XIX International AIDS Conference

Turning the Tide Together: XIX International AIDS Conference

Date: July 22-27, 2012 

The XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) will take place in Washington DC, USA, from July 22 to 27, 2012.  Organised by the International AIDS Society (IAS), in partnership with a number of international bodies and local partners, AIDS 2012 is the largest gathering of professionals working in the field of HIV, including people living with HIV and other leaders in the HIV response. It plays a fundamental role in shaping the global response to HIV and in keeping HIV and AIDS on the international political agenda. AIDS 2012 is expected to convene more than 20,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including more than 2,000 journalists.

Conference Theme

The AIDS 2012 Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) has selected "Turning The Tide Together" as the theme for AIDS 2012. "Turning The Tide Together" reflects a unique moment in time, emphasising that the AIDS epidemic has reached a defining moment. By acting decisively on recent scientific advances in HIV treatment and biomedical prevention, the momentum for a cure, and the continuing evidence of the ability to scale-up key interventions in the most-needed settings, we now have the potential to change the course of HIV and AIDS.

Capturing the current sense of hope and the renewed optimism that a change of course in the HIV epidemic is possible, Turning the Tide Together also serves as an urgent call to action. It acknowledges that seizing this potential and actually turning the tide on HIV will require commitment and action on many levels: that each and every stakeholder in the AIDS response must play their role.

A broad number of issues will be required to actually change the course of the epidemic, including continued investments and collaboration in research, more operations research and more efficient delivery systems, significant programme scale-up in resource-limited settings, commitment to evidence-based interventions, and promotion of human rights. Turning The Tide Together evokes both the scale of the task in hand and the power of AIDS 2012 to mobilise governments, NGOs, policy makers, scientists, civil society organisations, journalists and people living with HIV to join forces and build the necessary momentum to turn the tide of the AIDS epidemic.

Abstracts submission open

As of December 1st, abstracts for the conference can be submitted online through the AIDS 2012 website. An abstract is a short document with complete information of a study/project/work/programme and key message(s) for the future. The abstract presents the objective, methods, results, and conclusions of a programme. The objective of an abstract is to give the reviewing committee an idea of a programme in 300 words. Abstract submissions will be scored by an international panel of reviewers and ultimately selected by members of the AIDS 2012 Scientific Programme and Track Committees.  Abstracts can be submitted in English only within six tracks category. More information on the scope and objectives for each of the tracks is available on the AIDS 2012 website.

In 2010 the World YWCA developed a ten-minute video that provides a clear understanding of what an abstract is, as well as tips on how to write one. The video also included a step-by-step demonstration of how to create a conference profile including how to submit abstracts online, apply for a scholarship or get involved in the Global Village.

Interfaith Pre-Conference

The main conference will be preceded by a two-day interfaith pre-conference at Howard University on July 20-21, 2012. "Taking Action for Health, Dignity and Justice: The Interfaith Pre-Conference on HIV" will begin with a networking reception the evening of July 19,  then offer opportunities for theological reflec­tion, sharing of best practices, skills building, advocacy, interfaith collabo­ration and single faith reflection.

More information about the interfaith pre-conference and faith-based activities at AIDS 2012 will be available during the month of December at

To subscribe to a listserv and stay updated on conference-related announcements send an e-mail to Becky Johnson at

Conference registration, abstract submissions and accommodation bookings is open since December 2011. M


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