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Commentary
July 10, 2002

An Unequal Epidemic in an Unequal World

Author Affiliations

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).

JAMA. 2002;288(2):236-238. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.236

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.

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