The international AIDS conference has drawn to an end in the Australian city of Melbourne. The event was marred by tragedy following the loss of AIDS researchers and advocates on flight MH17. CCTV America’s Hannah Belcher reports from Sydney, Australia.
Delegates paid tribute to their lost colleagues, those who were on route to Melbourne on Flight MH17.
The 2014 AIDS conference in Melbourne was missing some of the world’s top HIV-AIDS experts killed on flight MH17. But after a week of mourning the loss of their colleagues plus years of crucial research, global AIDS campaigner Bob Geldof ended the conference on a high note.
The United Nations estimates 35 million people were living with HIV in 2013 and that about four people are infected every minute.
Six experts, including Joep Lange, the leader in Aids research had been trying to reverse that trend and find a cure. Sadly they didn’t make it here to Melbourne to share their latest developments.
The overall consensus at this conference is that a cure for AIDS is still within reach.