Commentary | 29 August 2006

Toronto: Talkfest or action plan?

The just-concluded Toronto AIDS Conference was held in the 25th anniversary year of the identification of the HIV virus.After many years of drift and chaos in the management of the response to HIV/AIDS, there were encouraging signs at Toronto of the emergence of a coherent and unified global strategy to combat the HIV pandemic across the spectrum of HIV prevention, care, treatment and research. There are encouraging signs that the many billions of dollars invested in HIV research will shortly bring forward a range of cheap, effective and practical biomedical prevention technologies. However, the HIV pandemic in the Asia Pacific region is worsening by the month, and the unanswered question after Toronto is whether new strategic unity and increased funding will make the necessary difference on the ground to avert millions of new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS. 

Bill Bowtell

  • Bill Bowtell

The just-concluded Toronto AIDS Conference was held in the 25th anniversary year of the identification of the HIV virus.After many years of drift and chaos in the management of the response to HIV/AIDS, there were encouraging signs at Toronto of the emergence of a coherent and unified global strategy to combat the HIV pandemic across the spectrum of HIV prevention, care, treatment and research. There are encouraging signs that the many billions of dollars invested in HIV research will shortly bring forward a range of cheap, effective and practical biomedical prevention technologies. However, the HIV pandemic in the Asia Pacific region is worsening by the month, and the unanswered question after Toronto is whether new strategic unity and increased funding will make the necessary difference on the ground to avert millions of new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS. 

Bill Bowtell

  • Bill Bowtell