A panel of national and international scientists was part of the three-day conference, HIV Science 2014, which was inaugurated here on Thursday.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Dr Jack Whitescarver, director, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA , traced the early years of the epidemic in the US.
Recalling the timeline of events from 1982, Prof Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, president, International AIDS Society, also the Director, Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit Institut Pasteur, Paris, France and a 2008 Nobel laureate in Medicine for Discovery of HIV, spoke about the way forward in eradication and functional cure. Dr Suniti Solomon, president of the HIV Science Symposium 2014, whose team documented the first evidence of HIV in India, outlined the early year of struggle and triumphs in prevention, care and research.
Highlighting that more than half of the attendees at the conference were under the age of 30, Dr Sunil Solomon, co-chair of the symposium said that there would be 476 delegates from 11 countries participating in the conference. An abstract CD of the symposium was also released. On day two, Prof Francoise Barre-Sinuoussi delivered a lecture on ‘HIV discovery to cure’.