FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, 22 October 2015
INTERNATIONAL AIDS SOCIETY TO ORGANIZE GLOBAL TB CONFERENCE ON THE EVE OF AIDS 2016
Two-day meeting will bring greater attention to the science of TB and its implementation
Barcelona, Spain – The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that it will host “TB2016”, a two-day conference dedicated to highlighting new TB science and its importance for the future of global health. The conference will take place 16-17 July, 2016 in Durban, South Africa, immediately preceding the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). The meeting is a unique partnership between HIV and TB scientists and advocates, convened to draw attention around the need for greater urgency and innovation to combat both epidemics.
“The fights against HIV and TB are inextricably linked,” said Chris Beyrer, President of IAS and Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. “The IAS would like to send a clear signal to the world that tackling TB is an important part of our mission to improve global public health.”
A recent Global Report on Tuberculosis (TB) revealed that TB remains one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases. In 2013, an estimated 9 million people developed TB and 1.5 million died from the disease – 360 000 of whom were HIV-positive.
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