The International AIDS Conference is expected to draw about 25,000 delegates from around the world to Washington, D.C., for a week of speeches, symposiums, exhibits and more. We’ll becovering the conference live.

View Photo Gallery: Here’s a photographic history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Important dates, times and information

The International AIDS Conference is July 22-27 at the Walter E. Johnson Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.


Conference registration costs anywhere from $45-1045 depending on date registered. Online pre-registration is now closed, but on-site registration is available. To contact the AIDS 2012 Registration Department, email or call 604-736-7763.

There are several registration types: Regular, Student/Post-doc/Youth, or Accompanying Adult/Accompanying Child.

After hours

The Going Out Guide has tips on the best restaurants and bars for vistors to D.C. during the conference. Many of the picks are right by the convention center.

What’s free?

Even if you’re not a registered delegate, there are events you can attend. The Global Village, set up in the lower level of the convention center, features a main stage for live performances, a video room, booths, exhibitions, art exhibits and more. It is free and open to the public.

Haven’t seen the AIDS Memorial Quilt yet? Many of its panels are on display throughout the District from July 21-25 in honor of the conference. 35,200 panels (8,800 different ones per day) will be on the National Mall during that time.


The nearest metro stop is the Green and Yellow line to Mount Vernon Sq./7th St-Convention Center. However, the stop may be closed Monday for security measures. The next closest stop is the Green, Yellow and Red line Gallery PL-Chinatown.

View Photo Gallery: By the time he was tested for HIV five years ago, Jerome Smith’s immune system was so weak doctors told him he’d probably been infected for a decade. But Smith says he’d been in and out of the hospital for various ailments, and no one had ever tested for HIV. At this week’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, organizers will call for big increases in HIV testing and treatment.

Speech highlights coming up Thursday and Friday

Keynote address by Elton John:

Keynote address by former President Bill Clinton: 3:15 p.m. July 27. Former President Bill Clinton will give the keynote address during the closing session of the conference.

Other speakers include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.); former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates; World Bank President Jim Yong Kim; and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe.

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, former president George W. Bush and musician Elton John were among speakers early in the week.

More speakers and a detail listing of events can be found here.

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