HIV/AIDS Community Members Split On Discussion To Move Next International Conference Out Of U.S. Because Of Trump Administration Policies
San Francisco Business Times: Citing Trump policies, movement builds to shift important AIDS meeting from Bay Area
“A call to move a biennial international AIDS conference from the Bay Area because of Trump administration policies, including restrictions on potential attendees and the impact of those policies on attempts to halt the spread of HIV globally, is splitting the AIDS community. When organizers of the International AIDS Conference said in March that the meeting was returning for the first time in 30 years to San Francisco and Oakland in 2020, they hailed it as a defining moment in the battle against the AIDS virus. … But a growing number of organizations and individuals say the conference, attended by 15,000-plus HIV researchers, activists, and patients from around the world, should be moved from the United States. They say President Donald Trump’s policies restrict some potential attendees traveling from other countries, hurt transgender people, and threaten prevention and treatment efforts globally…” (Leuty, 7/25).