XVII International AIDS Conference
Date: 3-8 August 2008
Place: Mexico City, Mexico
The International AIDS Conference (IAC) is held every two years and brings together some 25,000 scientists, government representatives, health workers, activists, corporate leaders, and people living with HIV and AIDS. It is an opportunity to share new scientific research and engage in dialogue concerning the global response to HIV/AIDS.
The theme of this year's conference is "Universal Action Now," which emphasizes the need for continued commitment on the part of all stakeholders contributing to the global response to HIV/AIDS - including WHO. Some of the key issues to be discussed are strengthening health care systems in developing countries and addressing underlying social inequities that contribute to HIV risk and vulnerability. These include issues relating to poverty, gender inequality, sexual orientation and drug use.