The 4th National Conference of AIDS Society of India (ASICON) has been held December 16th through 18th at the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow – India, with contribution of 30 International and 40 national speakers articulated in 20 plenary sessions, discussion forums, workshops, abstract & poster sessions.
The Program is available at the Conference web-page and has been focused on several aspects of HIV/AIDS epidemic in India, including AIDS-associated malignancies.
A special issue of the Conference has been to evaluate appropriate preventive measures in particular for Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT), considering that currently only a third of the 23’000’000 deliveries per year are screened for HIV. On the screening issue the special subject "Is India ready for testing all the patients in clinical settings" has been debated by Dr Jyoti Dhar (UK) and Dr I.S. Gilada (Mumbai), who is ASICON Chair and CEO.
Furthermore this year event included publication of Conference Proceedings and assembling of real-time presentation movies. The video film, titled “GETTING TO ZERO: Long Road Ahead for India’s AIDS Programme” (time: 28:30 minutes) is in two parts: Part I and II, available at http://youtu.be/zt8UL136IHs and http://youtu.be/mRBD0D1oGtQ, respectively.
Cultural activities of Indian heritage performed at the Conference: