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The 17th International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa 2013,
7 – 11 December 2013, Cape Town, South Africa
The International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is the major international AIDS conference taking place in Africa. Its current biennial hosting alternates between Anglophone and Francophone African countries. South Africa has been selected to host the 17th ICASA which is scheduled to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 7 – 11 December 2013.
The conference theme “Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero” is derived from the UNAIDS’ vision of striving for “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths”, but it also highlights the need to “now more than ever” maintain the commitment to ensure access to treatment for everyone in Africa irrespective of their ability to pay for such treatment. The hosting of this conference in South Africa is highly symbolic as it was in South Africa during the XIIIth International AIDS in 2000 that a turning point was reached in breaking the silence around AIDS in Africa, which resulted in an unprecedented commitment by donors, government and civil society to increase access to treatment in an attempt to turn the tide of this epidemic.