Thousands descend on Seattle for world AIDS conference

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The 19th annual Conference on Retro­viruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) is in Seattle this week – showcasing the latest research into the treatment and cure of infections like HIV and AIDS.

More than 4,200 researchers, providers and community leaders are gathering at the Washington State Convention Center to hear from their peers.

“The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections is a scientifically focused meeting of the world’s leading researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications,” organizers said in a statement.

“The goal of CROI is to provide a forum for translating laboratory and clinical research into progress against the AIDS epidemic.”

The first day saw presentations on the development of new HIV vaccines, the use of antiretroviral therapy in prevention and the development of a vaginal microbicide that have proven effective in protecting African women from infection.

The CROI is running at the convention center through Thursday.

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