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International AIDS Society
Ave. Louis Casaï 71
PO Box 28
The International AIDS Society (IAS) was founded in 1988 in connection with the Fourth International AIDS Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The Society, which currently has approximately 5,600 individual and 4,000 affiliated members around the world, consists of scientists and other individuals who are professionally engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is an acquired deficiency of the immune system (i.e., cell-mediated immunity) due to infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since 1994, the IAS has become a federation that offers regional and national societies opportunities for affiliation. The Society has several objectives including contributing to the control and management of HIV infection and AIDS throughout the world in cooperation with national and regional AIDS societies and other international organizations; serving as an international forum for scientific interest groups and caucuses on HIV and AIDS; initiating, coordinating, and evaluating activities to control HIV and AIDS; and organizing training courses related to HIV infection and AIDS. Additional objectives include organizing international conferences and subspecialty conferences on HIV infection and AIDS; representing the scientific community to help address AIDS controversies, counteract discrimination, and promote the ethical aspects of research and interventions; advocating for adequate resources for research and training as well as for controlling the epidemic and alleviating its consequences; and serving as a central registry of individuals professionally involved in AIDS research and activities to prevent the spread of HIV. The Society also publishes an official journal and the IAS newsletter, has a membership directory, maintains a web site, sponsors regional conference symposia, and provides training on the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS around the world through its Continuing Medical Education (CME) program.
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