Leading HIV/AIDS researchers meeting in Vancouver
More than 6,000 leading clinicians, researchers, public health experts and community leaders will be reviewing and examining the most recent scientific developments on AIDS and HIV at the conference that ends Wednesday.
“We have made great strides in overcoming HIV and AIDS and I’m so proud of the contributions made by UBC (University of British Columbia) researchers and the role of Vancouver and the province in tackling this epidemic,” UBC President Arvind Gupta said. “The work, however, is far from finished; worldwide 35 million people live with HIV and 1.5 million died of HIV-related illnesses in 2013. ... (the conference) offers a critical platform for researchers to meet and discuss how to tackle this disease.”
IAS 2015 is the biggest scientific conference about HIV and AIDS in the world.
“We are at a turning point and the end of AIDS could happen during my lifetime,” British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Director Julio Montaner said. Montaner also is a professor of medicine and a leading researcher on HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. “The 90-90-90 goals put us on track, but leaders from around the world must invest in treatment for those living with HIV. With the IAS Conference in Vancouver, it is a time to honor the important progress made to date and call to light the need for continued vigilance.”
The 90-90-90 strategy aims to end AIDS globally by 2030.