International AIDS Society expresses sincere condolences

The Australian organisers of the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne have released a statement to its website.


The International AIDS Society today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today.

At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.

The IAS is hearing unconfirmed reports that some of our friends and colleagues were on board the flight and if that is the case this is a truly sad day.

The IAS has also heard reports that among the passengers was a former IAS President Joep Lange and if that is the case then the HIV/AIDS movement has truly lost a giant.

20th International AIDS conference

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The 20th International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2014, is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.

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Visit the International Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Consortium (ISRHR Consortium) Hub – a dedicated hub in the Global Village for discussing issues around sexual and reproductive health and rights, and HIV.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV

  • HIV and conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth are the two leading causes of death of women of reproductive age
  • More than 40 per cent of new HIV infections in 2010 occurred among young people aged 15-24 years
  • Globally young women have infection rates twice as high as young men
  • One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime
  • Millions lack access to essential SRH services:
     - 222 million women have an unmet need for effective contraception 
     - A third of pregnant women living with HIV do not have access to 
       interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission or reduce 
       their own risk of HIV-related maternal mortality
  • Many young people lack access to comprehensive sexuality education
  • Only a third of young men and 20 per cent of young women have comprehensive knowledge of HIV.

Date & Time

09:00, 21 July 2014 – 16:30, 25 July 2014


Global Village, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
2 Clarendon Street
South Wharf VIC

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Free and open to the public.