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International AIDS Conference Returns to the U.S.

AIDS ribbonPost submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Staff

It’s been 22 years since the International AIDS Conference was last held in the United States.  That’s going to change in July when AIDS 2012 is coming to Washington, DC, thanks to the end of the discriminatory ban on HIV positive visitors to the U.S.  HRC, along with many others, worked to repeal that ban in 2009.  Now HRC will proudly take part in the conference activities.

HRC will be hosting panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt open for public viewing in our downtown DC headquarters.  The Quilt is one of the world’s most powerful symbols of the public’s response to the AIDS epidemic with more than 47,000 panels representing the lives of 94,000 individuals taken by AIDS, sewn by more than 100,000 friends and family members.  Additionally, HRC will host a panel discussion and reception, an event for Members of Congress and their staff, a religion and faith forum and staff will be participating in a range of other events.

HIV/AIDS remains a crisis in the LGBT community and many others.  HRC is committed to the fight against it.  Stay tuned for more information on AIDS 2012 and HRC’s involvement.

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