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The International AIDS Conference will take place July 18-22, 2016, in Durban, South Africa. The premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, policymakers, persons living with HIV, and individuals committed to ending the pandemic, the conference will present new scientific knowledge and offer opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV.

IHME will host a press conference to announce findings from the first Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2015 paper, “Estimates of global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and mortality of HIV, 1980–2015: the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015.” Haidong Wang, Assistant Professor and lead author on the paper, will be joined by Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the founding executive director of UNAIDS, and Peter Hayward, editor of The Lancet HIV, where the paper will be published. Additional participants include Tom Achoki, Clinical Assistant Professor; Professor Charles Shey Wiysonge, GBD collaborator and Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care at Stellenbosch University; and Dr. Nduku Kilonzo, Director of the National AIDS Control Council of Kenya.

The paper finds that the decline in new HIV infections globally has stagnated over the past 10 years, and as a result, the population health community faces “significant challenges” in ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The paper will be published in The Lancet HIV on July 19 to coincide with the conference.