July 18, 2014
AIDS 2014 Colleagues Were Aboard Downed Malaysian Plane
The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) begins Sunday, July
20, in Melbourne, Australia, on a somber note. Several participants were
aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that crashed over the Ukraine
while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The International AIDS
Society, which organizes the conference, released the following
The International AIDS Society today expresses
its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and
friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17.… At this incredibly sad and
sensitive time, the IAS stands with our international family and sends
condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this
tragedy. POZ will continue to cover this story as it develops.
The International AIDS Society…is continuing to work
with the authorities to clarify how the tragic loss of Malaysian
Airlines flight MH 17 impacts our conference delegates, our conference
partners, and our community as a whole.
In recognition of our
colleagues’ dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS, the conference
will go ahead as planned and will include opportunities to reflect and
remember those we have lost.
To read the IAS statement, click here.
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