Bangkok—As an estimated 17 000 scientists,
public health experts, clinicians, and activists gathered here at the 15th
International AIDS Conference, they were treated to a parade of elephants,
majestic animals revered as a national symbol by the meeting's host country,
The choice of Thailand as the latest venue of the biennial conference
thrust Asia, the world's most populous region, into the spotlight regarding
the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the global response to it. While the majority of
the world's approximately 40 million HIV-infected individuals live in sub-Saharan
Africa, the Asia-Pacific region now accounts for about 1 in 4 of new infections
occurring across the globe each year.
Stephenson J. Asia's Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemics in Spotlight at International Conference. JAMA. 2004;292(10):1161–1162. doi:10.1001/jama.292.10.1161
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