AIDS 2012 Draws Thousands to Nation's Capitol

UCSF's Diane Havlir Co-Chairs International Conference

Bill and Hillary Clinton, Sharon Stone, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Gates and Elton John are a few of the headliners to speak this week at AIDS 2012, the XIX International AIDS Conference, which runs through July 27 in Washington, D.C.

UCSF is well represented with faculty and writers who are attending the conference and offering their commentary on AIDS 2012, the first Unviersity blog launched and produced by University Relations.

Diane Havlir, MD, professor of medicine at UCSF and the chief of the UCSF Division of HIV/AIDS and Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH), is serving as co-chair of AIDS 2012, the XIX international AIDS Conference. The conference returned to the U.S. after a 22-year absence.

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess the progress and challenges ahead, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learned, and collectively chart a course forward, according to the International AIDS Society.

Here are a few scenes from Sunday, the opening day.

Photos by Jason Bardi