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AIDS 2012

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The International AIDS Conference will be held in Washington D.C. during the last week of July. Titled “Turning the Tide Together,” this will be the first time since 1990 that the conference has been held in the U.S. This year there is an optimism that there might be a chance to “turn the tide of the epidemic.”

The conference will cover many topics related to the disease, but perhaps one of its biggest points is treatment as a form of prevention. One of the biggest goals for leaders around the world at this time is to provide ways for everyone to know their status and receive proper treatment soon after diagnosis.

Michael Kaplan, the executive director of the Cascade AIDS Project, says with early diagnosis and proper treatment, the chances of infecting future sexual partners could decrease by around 96 percent. Still, Kaplan says, Oregon is a state that is widely affected by the disease, especially among gay and bisexual men, who account for 70 percent of state’s cases.

Are you affected by HIV/AIDS? What has been your experience with the disease? How is a diagnosis today different than one 20 years ago?


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