Plane victims remembered at AIDS conference in Melbourne

Around 12,000 delegates from about 200 countries gathered at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the official opening, which included a minute's silence to remember those who died when MH17 was shot down.

"It's a really important time for what we think everyone needs, which is a space to grieve and to respect the six members of our community that died on MH17," conference co-chair and infectious diseases physician, Professor Sharon Lewin, said ahead of the ceremony.

International AIDS Society (IAS) president Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi dedicated the conference to those who were killed, and a letter of condolence and support was read out by the Dutch ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Lambert Grijns.

The IAS confirmed on Saturday the names of those killed on their way to Australia. They include the former IAS president and professor of medicine, Joep Lange; his partner and Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development