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International AIDS Conference Stresses Union Between Prevention and Treatment

Joan Stephenson, PhD
JAMA. 2008;300(15):1745-1748. doi:10.1001/jama.300.15.1745.
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Mexico City—When organizers of the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) designated “Universal Action Now” as the conference's theme, their intent was to emphasize the continued urgency of the pandemic and the need to take action toward universal prevention, treatment, care, and support to those living with HIV/AIDS.

However, a less formal but perhaps more memorable theme took shape during the conference—a gathering of more than 20 000 researchers, health care workers, activists, and others, and the first IAC to be held in Latin America. “This conference will be recognized as the one . . . in which prevention and treatment got married,” said Pedro Cahn, MD, outgoing president of the International AIDS Society, which organizes the biennial meeting.

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In dealing with the HIV/AIDS pandemic, combination prevention, like combination treatment, “is the only feasible option,” said Peter Piot, MD, executive director of UNAIDS.

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