Images of AIDS 2012 (XIX International AIDS Conference)
AIDS 2012 (The XIX International AIDS Conference) unites members of the HIV community from around the world to discuss the latest scientific developments and major issues related to HIV/AIDS. More than 20,000 individuals from approximately 200 countries will arrive in Washington, D.C., in late-July for AIDS 2012. Significantly, the United States has not hosted an International AIDS Conference in 22 years due to the travel ban on HIV-positive people visiting the country. This travel ban was recently lifted, giving congress organizers the opportunity to host AIDS 2012 on U.S. soil.
To bring AIDS 2012 to those around the world who cannot join the congress in Washington, D.C., Bristol-Myers Squibb is proud to present, “Images of AIDS 2012,” an online image gallery offering a window for people to experience the excitement, energy and emotions at the conference through photos and imagery, from near and far.
“For more than two decades, Bristol-Myers Squibb has worked with the HIV community on a multitude of initiatives to help those infected with or affected by HIV,” said Kevin Trapp, Senior Vice President, Neuroscience, Immunoscience and Virology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We wanted to bring the conference to people who could not join us in Washington.”
Bristol-Myers Squibb has been committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS by developing medicines to treat the disease and partnering with the HIV community to help people living with HIV/AIDS. Although there are medicines for the treatment of HIV and education programs around the globe, there are still an estimated 640,000* people with HIV in the U.S. who are either undiagnosed, not in medical care, or not receiving HIV treatment. This is due in part to personal, societal, and structural barriers that are preventing people from accessing care and treatment.
To help address these barriers and recognizing that medical care is only part of the solution in the fight against HIV, Bristol-Myers Squibb has created innovative programs, such as “Images of AIDS 2012” and continues to partner with the HIV community to raise awareness about the disease, help break down barriers and reduce the disparities associated with the disease.
“AIDS 2012 has an unparalleled ability to foster dialogue, awareness, and action at every level, from breaking through national and international consciousness to serving people in need at the community level,” said Trapp. “With determination and a coordinated effort among the HIV community, we need to continue to be committed to the fight against HIV with a goal of positively impacting the course of the HIV epidemic in this country and around the world.”
Visit www.BMSImagesOfAIDS2012.com to view “Images of AIDS 2012” and learn more.
* Based on Bristol-Myers Squibb Market Research Estimate, June 2009