South Africa held the X111th international AIDS conference in Durban from the 9th to the 14th July 2000. The conference themed “Breaking the Silence” was the first ever to be held in a developing country and had a strong African character as evidenced by the participation of more than 4000 African delegates out of a total of about 12300. The conference theme focused on the staggering impact of the epidemic is sub-Saharan Africa and on the inequity in treatment access between the developed and the developing world.
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