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Published: 17 July 2024

AIDS 2024

Held every two years, the International AIDS Conference is one of the largest gatherings in global health – and an opportunity for the world to come together to shift the latest evidence into action and accelerate the fight to end HIV.

At AIDS 2024, which is being held in Munich, Germany from 22 to 26 July 2024, organizations and individuals from across the Global Fund partnership will have the opportunity to look back at the tremendous progress made in the fight against AIDS and strategize ways to end the epidemic as a public health threat.

The Global Fund currently provides 28% of all international financing for HIV programs. As of June 2023, we have invested US$25.5 billion to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV and AIDS, and an additional US$4.6 billion in programs tackling both HIV and tuberculosis.

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Join the Global Fund at AIDS 2024

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Our booth at AIDS 2024 will feature a special interactive photo and voice exhibit called We Are Here: Stories of Community Resistance, which shines a light on three community members at the heart of the HIV response. Ion from Moldova, Rithy from Cambodia and Teddy from Côte d’Ivoire are working to prevent HIV among people most at risk of the disease, while facing their own immense personal challenges – including the stigma and discrimination that continue to fuel the HIV epidemic today. The exhibit will share their stories and celebrate their voices.

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