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The International AIDS Conference is a biennial event that gathers those working in the field of HIV, as well as government representatives, advocates, and people living with HIV.  It provides a forum for the interaction of science, community, leadership, and the strengthening of an evidence-based policy and programmatic responses to the epidemic.  The XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) is currently underway in Washington, D.C. this week.  The theme is “Turning the Tide Together“, which emphasizes that the HIV epidemic has reached a defining moment and serves as an urgent call to action.

While I would love to be blogging live from the conference, unfortunately, I am not there.  However, you can stay up-to-date on all media and news by following AIDS 2012 on Twitter and by reading their blog.  You can also read up on what conference participants are tweeting and posting by following #AIDS2012.  Some of my personal favorite organizations present are Women Deliver, CHANGE, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Guttmacher Institute, Gates Foundation, and Advocates for Youth, just to name a few.  I also recommend you check out RH Reality Check’s coverage of AIDS 2012.

Further Reading
AIDS 2012: Criminalized Groups Need Not Apply [Human Rights and HIV/AIDS: Now More Than Ever]
National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day [Huffington Post]