AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration calls for the eradication of discrimination against people living with or at risk of HIV, to ensure equal access for all people to HIV prevention, treatment and care.
The programme of the 20th International AIDS Conference is now online
Friday, 16 May 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland) – A declaration affirming that non-discrimination is
fundamental to an evidence-based response to HIV and effective public health programmes
was announced today by the organizers of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014),
to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 20-25 July 2014.
“The enforcement of discriminatory and criminalising laws and policies against Key Affected
Populations is deeply alarming.” said Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, AIDS 2014
International Chair, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Director of the
Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. “Such practices clearly
violate basic human rights and heavily undermine HIV programmes by posing barriers to access
to HIV prevention, treatment, and care. With the declaration we want to reiterate that every
individual has the same rights and dignity as everyone else as we are born equal and part of the
human family. ”
All individuals and organizations involved in the global response to HIV and AIDS are encouraged to visit and sign the declaration and to share it with their networks.
“If we really want to change the course of HIV we must make sure that nobody is left behind.
AIDS 2014 will be a truly global, inclusive conference and will reflect the principles of the
declaration” commented Professor Sharon Lewin, Local Co-Chair of AIDS 2014, Head of the
Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University and Co-Head of the
Centre for Biomedical Research at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne. “We are excited to offer a
strong conference programme exploring in great depth all the hot issues in the three programme
areas: Science, Community, and Leadership and Accountability. As part of the programme, the
Global Village and Youth Programme will offer a dynamic a vibrant platform for youth, activists
and community representatives”.
The AIDS 2014 programme is already available here.
The current list includes: plenaries, special sessions; regional sessions, symposia sessions oral
abstract sessions, poster discussion sessions and workshops. The interactive AIDS 2014
programme with all abstracts listed will be available at the end of May through the Programme-At-A-Glance.
“AIDS 2014 will investigate the current and future scenarios of HIV with a focus on co-infections and co-morbidities, HIV cure and vaccine findings, paediatric and adolescent HIV, and HIV financing and investments. A substantial part of the programme will be also dedicated to the
challenges faced by key affected populations to access to HIV prevention, treatment and care”,
added Professor Lewin.
The Hon. Tony Abbot, Australia Prime Minister, is featured in an AIDS 2014 welcome video
which includes The Hon. David Davis, Victorian Minister for Health and Aging; Robert Doyle,
Lord Mayor of Melbourne; Sam Venning, President of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Victoria;
and the two Conference Co-Chairs, Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Professor Sharon