Author Affiliations: CDC-Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya (Dr De Cock), and Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention—Surveillance and Epidemiology, National Center for HIV, STD, & TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga (Dr Janssen).
In July 2002, approximately 15 000 clinicians, researchers, and
other interested persons will gather once again, this time at the XIV International
AIDS Conference in Barcelona, to discuss what is arguably the worst plague
the world has ever known. These international conferences and their venues
are milestones in the history of this tragic epidemic. In 1985, Atlanta hosted
the first meeting; in 1996, the Vancouver meeting introduced combination therapy
and viral load testing to the world; and in 2000, Durban drew international
attention to Africa's plight. Barcelona offers further opportunity for dialogue,
reflection on epidemiology and response, and strengthening global resolve.
De Cock KM, Janssen RS. An Unequal Epidemic in an Unequal World. JAMA. 2002;288(2):236-238. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.236