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SOUTH AFRICA: Upcoming AIDS conference to be largest


[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


JOHANNESBURG, 3 June (PLUSNEWS) - The upcoming second South African AIDS Conference, to be held in the port city of Durban next week, is said to be the country's largest one yet.

With a 20 percent increase in attendance over the 2003 gathering, hard-hitting discussions are anticipated in certain areas, including access to antiretroviral drugs.

The conference chairwoman, Prof Lynn Morris, said the provision of anti-AIDS treatment in the public health sector would certainly be a "hot topic", as this had been a significant development since the last conference.

In a statement Morris said, "We will look at issues like how treatment programmes are progressing, where the successes lie, and what the obstacles are. We also have presentations of results of the programmes in poorer, rural areas, as well as those in the private sector."


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