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Catania Chairs Roundtable on Planning and Preparations for the International AIDS Society Conference
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This story comes to us from Brendan Williams-Kief:

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, June 9, Councilmember David A. Catania (At-Large) chaired a public oversight roundtable of the Committee on Health concerning the planning and preparation for the International AIDS Society Conference, AIDS 2012, to be hosted in Washington, D.C. next July.  The International AIDS Society Conference is the preeminent gathering of HIV/AIDS researchers, activists, and policy makers.  Over 20,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries are expected to attend the conference with close to 2,000 journalists covering the event. 

“The AIDS 2012 conference represents a unique opportunity to not only showcase our ability to host a conference of this size, but also provides the opportunity to put the District at the forefront of efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said Councilmember Catania. “Despite the common narrative about the District’s approach to HIV/AIDS, we are at the cutting edge of developing new and innovative ways to attack this epidemic.”

Dr. Gregory Pappas, Senior Deputy Director, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration (HAHSTA) testified along with Tiffany Chester, Head of the Local Secretariat, International AIDS Society (AIDS 2012) members of the AIDS 2012 Community Coalition, and members of the public testified.

Councilmember Catania urged those testifying to more fully develop a strategic plan for the event as well as make youth engagement a priority in preparations for the conference.  Catania also called on the organizing officials to reach out to regional leaders to ensure the coordination and cooperation needed to effectively host a conference of such scope and magnitude. 

AIDS 2012 will be held July 22-27, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  The conference will feature leading researchers sharing the latest scientific advances in the field. It will give advocates an opportunity to speak to their communities’ specific experiences and allow those involved to create strategies to advance efforts to treat and prevent HIV.

 
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