Malaysia becomes first Asian host for international AIDS conference

MALAYSIA’S win of the 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) HIV Conference on Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in 2013 marks the first time the biennial conference will be held in Asia.

Between 5,000 to 6,000 delegates from 125 countries – among them the world’s leading scientists, clinicians and public health experts – are expected to converge at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for the four-day conference in July 2013.

Tourism minister Dr Ng Yen Yen said: “With almost an estimated 90 per cent of the delegates coming from overseas, the conference is estimated to generate over RM78 million (US$25 million) in economic value to the Malaysian economy.”

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