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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...

Nitasha Kumar - AIDS 2012 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Awardee - two years on!

Posted 08 juillet 2014, 11:14 , by Guest

By Emily Shaw, Research Promotion Intern, International AIDS Society

At the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), the IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award – Special HIV Cure Prize was awarded to Nitasha Kumar for the abstract entitled, “Myeloid dendritic cells and HIV latency in resting T cells.” This project investigated the interactions between dendritic cells and resting CD4+ T-cells as they relate to the establishment and maintenance of HIV latency, and the results have implicated that myeloid dendritic cells play a key role in HIV latency in resting memory CD4+ T-cells. The US$2,000 prize is jointly funded by the IAS and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) to support young researchers who demonstrate innovation, originality, rationale and quality in the field of cure-related HIV research.

In preparation for the upcoming AIDS 2014 conference this summer in Melbourne, Australia, the IAS has gotten back in touch with Ms. Kumar to hear her thoughts on the impact the prize has had on her life and work over the past two years. More...

Women with HIV: The silent casualties

Posted 02 juillet 2014, 05:01 , by Guest

By Diana G. Mendoza, AIDS 2014 Media Scholarship Recipient - First published on

DOLZURA. Esther. Kathy. Sarah Jane. The country’s first reported case of AIDS in 1984 was an unidentified male, but by this list of names alone, it was the females who gave a public face to HIV and AIDS in the Philippines.

The first wave of HIV infections recorded in the country was among female sex workers around the former US military bases. A combined medical research team of the US naval forces and the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) found HIV-infected blood when they were investigating Hepatitis B infections among female sex workers in the US bases at the time. More...