Vol. 12, No. 05 - September 2014
Despite tremendous gains in the realms of HIV treatment and prevention, the focus at AIDS 2014 was on what still needs to be done.
By Michael Dumiak
HIV still claims the lives of more than a million people a year. But even within a community so used to mourning, there are lasting signs of shock over the tragedy of July 17, when noted AIDS researcher Joep Lange, his partner and Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development communications director Jacqueline van Tongeren, former AIDS Action Europe workers Lucie van Mens and Martine de Schutter, lobbyist Pim de Kuijer, and World Health Organization (WHO) media coordinator Glenn Thomas died along with 292 others in the downing of Malaysian Air flight 17 en route to the 2014 International AIDS Society Conference in Melbourne, Australia (see Spotlight, this issue).