Sri Lanka hosts international AIDS conference, chance to share techniques

Aug 14, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s health sector will have the opportunity to study and adopt new techniques in the long term battle against HIV/AIDS during an international conference to be held in August 19-23. Organisers of the conference, to be attended by over 2,000 delegates from 40 countries, also said it would help them learn how Sri Lanka managed to keep HIV/AIDS infections levels low.

The delegates and speakers will discuss topics and techniques used in their countries which will be helpful to keep Sri Lanka as a low prevalence country, Sujatha Samarakoon, co-chair of the International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), told a news conference.

“What is discussed will be helpful in the long term for any policy changes in the area of HIV and AIDS,” Samarakoon said.

The conference will also discuss issues such as political commitment that result in successful policy and legal developments as well as research and prevention topics.

It will also focus on the importance of increasing access to HIV/AIDS information, treatment, care and support services and the social, economic and cultural barriers created by the disease.

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