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Commentary available: 2012 International AIDS Conference from July 22-27

2012-07-18

TORONTO, Julye 18, 2012 – UNICEF experts, including Chief of HIV/AIDS Craig McClure (Canadian), are available for commentary from the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC from July 22–27.

Commentary available on achieving an AIDS-free generation by 2015. UNICEF and partners aim to reduce new infections among children by 90 per cent and cut adolescent infections in half through innovative approaches, high-impact prevention interventions and simplifying testing and treatment. 

Gains have been made in making HIV services available to adults but children’s services continue to lag behind. Of the estimated 2.02 million children who needed antiretroviral therapy in 2010, only 23 per cent received it versus 51 per cent of adults. The coverage of HIV interventions for infants remains alarmingly low.

The International AIDS Conference is the premiere gathering for those in the field of HIV as well as policymakers, people living with HIV/AIDS and others committed to ending the epidemic.

Who: UNICEF Chief of HIV/AIDS Craig McClure (Canadian) and other UNICEF experts.

What: Commentary on reaching an AIDS-free generation by 2015.

Where: International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC; spokespeople also available over phone  

When: July 22-27 2012

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For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.