Historical Background
The IAS was founded as a non-profit organisation in connection with the IV International AIDS Conference in Stockholm, 1988, primarily to decide on future venues of the series of International AIDS Conferences and to serve as a network for those working with HIV/AIDS. During the Yokohama Conference in 1994 the IAS was restructured and established a Permanent Secretariat with an appointed Secretary General enabling the IAS to take on responsibility regarding programme and finances of the International AIDS Conferences. Since then IAS has grown and today comprises of more than 10,000 members, both individual members (approx. 6,000) and an increasing number of affiliated national AIDS societies. The IAS individual members consisting of mainly scientists and health care professionals, originate from more than 132 countries.