News Outlets Report On Debate Over Calls To Move AIDS 2020 Conference Out Of U.S.

MedPage Today: Debate Continues Over 2020 AIDS Meeting in Bay Area
“The 2020 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in the Bay Area has already ignited a firestorm of controversy, with calls from U.S.-based advocacy groups to move the meeting to a different country entirely. But this isn’t the first time there have been calls for a boycott of an AIDS meeting in the U.S. In this exclusive MedPage Today video, Paul Volberding, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, and past president of the International AIDS Society, recalls the fallout of the 1990 IAC meeting in San Francisco. Volberding’s UCSF colleagues then weigh in on the pros and cons of holding the 2020 meeting in the Bay Area…” (Walker, 7/31).

Washington Blade: Trump policies prompt calls to move global AIDS conference out of U.S.
“…[M]ore than 200 HIV/AIDS service organizations and advocacy groups … have signed an open letter to the International AIDS Society and the committee that is organizing the conference. The letter specifically criticizes the Trump administration’s policies towards people with HIV/AIDS, the LGBTI community, immigrants, and other marginalized groups. It also notes the ‘prohibitively expensive’ registration fees that are as high as $1,200, the cost of travel, and the lack of affordable accommodations in the Bay Area make the conference ‘… unaffordable and inaccessible for the vast majority of U.S. advocates who most need to attend’…” (Lavers, 8/1).

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