Rockville, Maryland – For the first time in 22 years, the International AIDS Conference was held in the United States, in Washington, D.C., from July 22–27. Six BLH staff members attended this international event along with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius; Bill and Hillary Clinton; Bill Gates; and more than 20,000 advocates and scientists. This conference, “Turning the Tide Together,” was a union of various groups of advocates, including those living with HIV/AIDS; prominent researchers in the field; and groups promoting a diverse spectrum of religious, political, reproductive, and human rights. This biennial conference comes at a significant turning point in the course of HIV/AIDS history because rapid progress in preventing and curbing this epidemic is finally coming to fruition. Recent research advances coupled with policy reforms are simultaneously increasing the global reach of more effective HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
BLH staff members were able to witness the excitement of the “Global Village” exhibition, where a confluence of activities, including presentations, workshops, and performances, were being held by local and global HIV/AIDS leaders and groups dedicated to fighting this epidemic. The energy in the exhibition was made tangible by the visible advocacy of important issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in a dynamic atmosphere that allowed visitors to actively learn and interact with many exhibitors. We used this opportunity to collect a wealth of information on global health efforts related to HIV/AIDS and will apply this information in translating important approaches of disease prevention to other health programs we actively support. This unique opportunity to collaborate and discuss health promotion with many leaders in this area will help us continuously improve our expertise in the rapidly evolving global public health field.
“As indicated by the tremendous advancement in this field, the International AIDS Conference represents vital progress in combatting a pressing health issue,” says President and CEO of BLH, Benjamin L. Harris. “At BLH we work to advance the global health directives of our clients with similar enthusiasm and dedication.”
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