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13 Global AIDS Leaders Mourn Missing Colleagues Who Died On MH17

"You remind us how precious human life can be."

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Around 12,000 delegates from about 200 countries have gathered in Melbourne for the annual conference.

Today's opening ceremony included a minute's silence to remember those who died when MH17 was shot down.

1. BuzzFeed asked delegates at the conference for remembrances. President-elect of the International AIDS Society, Dr Chris Beyrer had this touching message for his friends.

2. High-profile Dutch campaigner and founder of STOP AIDS NOW!, Dr Peter Van Rooijen.

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Dr. Van Rooijen holds five hearts representing the five Dutch colleagues lost in MH17.

3. A friend and colleague of Pim de Kuijer, Sjoerd Van Elsen, who works for AIDS Fonds in The Netherlands.

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"Always right.

Always good advice.

Always time for you.

Pim x"

4. A regular collaborator with Dr. Joep Lange, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States.

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"Joep Lange was not only an outstanding physician and scientist, he was an inspiring 'activist.'"

10. Benedicte Astier with CRIPS in France.

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"We are all very sad and we are thinking of families and colleagues who have lost someone.

With our solidarity."