Grief as AIDS 2014 conference opens! Mourns delegates Aboard Flight MH17 en-route to Melbourne

The International AIDS Society (IAS) confirmed during the opening ceremony the devastating news that at least six delegates traveling to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, including former IAS President Joep Lange, were on board the Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 that crashed over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. “The extent of our loss is hard to comprehend or express,” said President of the IAS, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi. “We grieve alongside all of those throughout the world who have lost friends and family in this senseless tragedy

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The AIDS 2014 Opening Ceremony is an opportunity for all participants to hear from leaders from science, politics and community. The Ceremony will set the tone for the coming five days, whereby delegates will present and review the latest scientific research and enable structured dialogue to take place on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village and Youth Programme, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events,

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