Last week, the International AIDS Society meeting returned to Paris for the first time since 2003.

Yes, you and I are that old. Jeeze.

Here's a Really Rapid Review® of some of the conference highlights, roughly ordered by "cure", prevention, treatment, and complications.

As always, feel free to use the comments section for notable studies I might have missed -- thank you!

Now for a few non-scientific observations:

  • The weather was mostly, cool, cloudy, and intermittently wet. Regardless, Paris is among the most beautiful and lively cities in the world. (Not such an original opinion, I know.)

  • A bike race visited Paris at the same time. Lots of excitement.

  • What a weird conference center. Numerous escalators, winding hallways, and a disorienting layout made getting around tricky. At least the session halls for the slide sessions were very comfortable (though some over-crowded).

  • Why can't we have a subway system like that? The Paris Metro seems to get better all the time -- fast, clean, reliable, inexpensive. I'm sure it's not perfect, but is there a better urban rapid transit system in a large city anywhere else?

  • Although per capita cigarette consumption is roughly the same in France and the USA, it sure doesn't seem that way. I'll anecdotally say that lots of professionals (even doctors, gasp) and other well-to-do people smoke in France -- you don't see that much in the USA anymore.

  • Next year's conference is in Amsterdam. July 23-27.

Speaking of bicycling around Paris ...