Road to AIDS 2012 Tour Comes to D.C.

WI Staff | 11/9/2011, 12:45 p.m.
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Founder and Executive Director of the Black Aids Institute Phill Wilson makes his point regarding HIV/AIDS in the United States, Thu., Nov. 3, 2011, at a town hall meeting in the District. Wilson said African Americans need to be aware the HIV/AIDS epidemic is not over. / Photo by Roy Lewis

More than 20,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including more than 2,000 journalists, are expected to travel to the District to attend the conference, July 22-27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest.

With San Francisco out of the way, and now the District, organizers said the remaining Road to AIDS 2012 cities include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and San Juan (Puerto Rico).

These cities, along with the District and San Francisco, are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' 12 Cities Initiative, designed to support and accelerate comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning in areas with the highest AIDS burden. New Orleans; Jackson, Miss.; and Birmingham, Ala. are the other three cities slated to have town hall meetings.

Crowley, Wilson and Young, who also served as town hall moderators, joined other panelists at the District's recent event. The panelists included: Ebony Johnson, coordinator of the US/Global Liaison Women's Networking Zone; Dr. Alan Greenberg, professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, George Washington University; Dr. Greg Pappas, senior deputy of the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA) for the District of Columbia; and Dr. Fred Sawe, deputy director, Kenya Medical Research Institute/Walter Reed Project (KEMRI/WRP) HIV Program in Kericho, Kenya.