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A Shared Responsibility – Stepping Up the Pace for Increased Access to Treatment

Posted 20 juillet 2014, 10:14 , by Guest

By Rajiv Malik, president, Mylan

As the president of a company whose antiretroviral (ARV) products are helping approximately 40% of people living with HIV/AIDS in the developing world, I truly am inspired by the theme for this year’s meeting – Stepping up the Pace!

My company, Mylan, is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. We are committed to setting new standards in health care and providing 7 billion people access to high quality medicine. Since 2007, for instance, we have lowered ARV costs for tenofovir-based treatment by more than 50% in developing countries, helping to increase the number of people on treatment to 12 million by the end of 2012. Further, we are investing $250 million USD to increase our ARV-manufacturing capacity – for the millions more who still need access. More...

A Bumpy Road

Posted 16 juillet 2014, 08:05 , by Guest

By Busisiwe Ndlovu, Oxfam Australia

In the impoverished town of Bela Bela, in the Limpopo province of South Africa, the HIV epidemic arrived, bringing death, despair, fear and shame into the community. What was extraordinary in this community was the spirit and courage that pulled those affected together to create the Bela Bela HIV/AIDS Prevention Group (HAPG) and gave them the tools to combat the epidemic.

Once the original members of the HAPG support group understood their illness and what they could do to prevent it from worsening, they realised not only that they still had a life to lead, but that they also had the power to make a real contribution to others.

Naturally their health improved, with the help of antiretroviral drugs and information sessions teaching them what to do, and what not to do, to live long healthy lives. But it was what came next that for many made the biggest difference to their experience of those lives. More...

Public-Private Partnerships Key in Fight for an AIDS-Free Generation

Posted 15 juillet 2014, 08:02 , by Guest

By: Mark Viso, President and CEO, Pact and Rhonda Zygocki, Executive Vice President, Policy and Planning, Chevron Corporation

Unoma, a 26-year-old farm worker in Bayelsa state, Nigeria, recently had her third child. Her previous two children were born without prenatal care and her last was delivered in unsafe conditions with the help of other farmworkers like herself – a common occurrence for many women across sub-Saharan Africa. Her experience with this third child, however, was different. For the first time, thanks to a partnership between Chevron and the international NGO Pact, Unoma knew she could and should be tested for HIV/AIDS, and, if necessary, how to prevent transmission of the disease to her child. With the support of health workers in her community who were part of the Chevron-Pact program, Unoma visited a primary health clinic and learned that she and her youngest child were HIV-free. More...

Five promising steps forward in HIV science

Posted 09 juillet 2014, 02:29 , by Guest

By Edwina Wright, Monash University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

The field of HIV treatment and prevention has been freshly energised by the findings from several recent clinical trials.

Maintaining the momentum of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs is critical to preventing further HIV infections, improving care for the 35 million people living with HIV and because other critical global health priorities compete for funding in our fiscally-constrained world.

While many breakthroughs in HIV research have happened over the past couple of years, I'm going to explore five of the most significant of these in recent times. More...

HIV in Australia: we’ve come a long way but there’s more to do

Posted 26 juin 2014, 09:47 , by Guest

By Marian Pitts, La Trobe University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

In the three decades since the virus was identified, Australia has done well by international standards in keeping HIV infection rates down. But certain aspects of our national approach continue to risk the national prevention strategy, and stigmatise people with HIV.

The last 32 years have seen numerous advances in HIV, from the early deaths in 1983, including the deaths of four Queensland babies who received blood transfusions, which led to the blood-screening program; through to the introduction of early combination therapy in 1992 and the reduction in people dying from AIDS-related illnesses after the introduction of combination therapy in 1996.

Since 1999, there has been a small but significant yearly increase in the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV; more people living relatively well with HIV increases the risk of exposure through unsafe sex. More...