World’s top HIV/AIDS researchers converge on Vancouver (Dr. Julio Montaner)

UBC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) will welcome more than 6,000 of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS experts to Vancouver next week. Researchers, clinicians, community leaders and public health experts will examine the latest scientific developments in HIV research at the 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention.

IAS 2015 is the world’s largest scientific conference on HIV and AIDS. This year’s event is organized by the IAS in partnership with the UBC Division of AIDS and runs from July 19-22.

The IAS Conference was last held in Vancouver in 1996. At the time, nearly one British Columbian was dying every day from AIDS. Today, a person living with HIV who is receiving sustained treatment and care can expect to have a life expectancy approaching that of a non-infected person. In 2014, B.C. repurposed its AIDS ward at St. Paul’s Hospital due to the dramatic decline in AIDS cases in the province.

The University of British Columbia

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