My initial impressions from attending the first International AIDS conference being held in the U.S. after sixteen years of visa restrictions on overseas visitors living with HIV was, in one word, overwhelming.
Kathi Winter with her Bible
The theme was “Turning the Tide Together” and there were over 23,766 attendees representing over 122 countries who attended symposiums, workshops, plenary sessions, Global Village activities, educational forums and the more than 200 exhibits spread through the Washington Mt. Vernon Convention Center for 5½ days.
There were at least ten sessions I wanted to attend at any given hour and was thrilled at the level of expertise presenting all the most updated information on prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.