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Dr. Gretchen Neigh: Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) Programme Award Winner

Posted 21 juillet 2014, 11:13 , by Guest

By Dr Gretchen Neigh, Assistant Professor, Emory University

The Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) Programme is presented by the International AIDS Society (IAS) in collaboration with the Centers for AIDS Research Program (CFAR) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The programme aims to encourage innovation in the field of HIV research by providing one to two years of funding to early-stage scientists who do not have prior work experience with HIV. The CNIHR Programme allows the grantees the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research on HIV and AIDS. More...

When HIV Research and Data Collection Is at Odds with “Do No Harm”

Posted 21 juillet 2014, 04:05 , by Guest

By Anita Datar, Senior Policy Advisor, and Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV, Health Policy Project, Futures Group

MELBOURNE, Australia—Using maps to understand spatial patterns in disease epidemics is nothing new. Nineteenth century epidemiologist John Snow’s cholera map was a game-changer, allowing him to trace cholera’s devastating path at the most granular, household level. Within the HIV field, multi-colored push pins and paper maps were being used just a few years ago to identify the location of existing health facilities in order to inform where facilities were still needed in order to increase coverage and inform strategic planning.

But gone are the days when maps existed in folded accordion rectangles, purchased from a book store or buried within the pages of an atlas. Today, anyone with a smart device—a phone, a tablet, a computer—can view a street-level map of virtually any location on earth.  More...

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International AIDS Conference around the Corner

Posted 20 juillet 2014, 10:21 , by Guest

By Susan Paxton, HIV Consultant at Positive Response

After two years of planning and preparation, the International AIDS Conference is around the corner.  The International Community of Women living with HIV [ICW] has several dynamic women presenting at; plenary sessions, symposia, workshops and the cultural program.  The Women's Networking Zone [WNZ], a space open to the public, will have an exciting program of presentations by speakers, from every corner of the globe, addressing access to treatments and services, sexual and reproductive rights, discrimination and violence, and criminalization and justice. More...

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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...

Stepping up the pace: NAPWHA’s Poz Action leads the way!

Posted 20 juillet 2014, 07:25 , by Guest

By Alex Mindel is the Communications and Membership Services Officer at the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA)

Numbers of newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection in Australia have continued to rise; 2012 saw the highest annual rise in 20 years. This reveals the limitations of established HIV prevention methods and underscores the need to evaluate the received wisdom of the past. Future prevention strategies should involve an emphasis on positive communities and the installation of the positive voice at the very centre of the HIV response.

PozAction (www.napwha.org.au/about-us/poz-action)   is a radical new movement that demands a central and vital role for PLHIV in Australia’s HIV response. It is a group, made up of the operational leadership of the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and its four largest member organisations, guided by the priorities and directions set by the positive membership base. More...

Stepping up the pace on an HIV vaccine: what needs to be done? Social, Economic, and Ethical Considerations

Posted 19 juillet 2014, 06:12 , by Guest

By Jennifer Gatsi, Co-founder and director of the Namibian Women’s Health Network

With the passing of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAC) on May 18th we have witnessed growing hope that we are on the brink of a breakthrough in discovering an HIV vaccine. Mary Marovich, Director of NIH’s Division of AIDS Vaccine Research Program stated “The future is bright...we’re closer than ever”. At AIDS 2012, even failures in research were dubbed as successfully leading to new avenues of research. Early vaccine research attempted to teach the immune system to produce antibodies that would block entrance of HIV into human cells. This failed in clinical trials when antibodies worked against lab-cultured HIV but not wild strains of the virus. Emerging research shifts efforts towards “broadly neutralizing antibodies” to HIV. About 20% of HIV-infected individuals produce these antibodies at too slow a rate. Current vaccine research aims to expedite the process, allowing the body to produce antibodies in a timely manner for effectiveness against HIV. More...

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Investment needed for health and human rights of people who inject drugs

Posted 18 juillet 2014, 08:55 , by Guest

By Ishdeep Kohli, International HIV/AIDS Alliance

People who inject drugs remain one of the highest-risk groups for contracting HIV, but infringements of their human rights around the world threatens to derail progress on ending AIDS.

Globally, around 16 million people inject drugs (WHO) and 3 million of them are living with HIV – and it is critical that their needs are represented at the 20th International AIDS Conference .

Asia Pacific is the second region in the world most affected by HIV and now home to an estimated 4.9 million people living with HIV (UNAIDS). The majority of infections have occurred through sharing injecting equipment and unprotected sex. More...

How MCEC is preparing to host AIDS 2014?

Posted 17 juillet 2014, 05:33 , by Guest

By Peter King, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Chief Executive

With not long to go until the International AIDS Conference at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the city is preparing to welcome visitors from around the world, including celebrities and politicians Sir Bob Geldof and President Bill Clinton, and organisations and businesses are ‘painting the town red’, but how does the host venue prepare to host more than 12,000 participants for the largest health and development conference in Australia?

It’s the first time in 10 years since the International AIDS conference will be held in the Asia-Pacific and we’re incredibly excited to host AIDS 2014 at MCEC. It feels like a long time coming, especially as the event was won back in 2011. But it is certainly creeping up on us now with only 3 days to go now. MCEC were the only venue in Australia capable of hosting AIDS 2014 due to our size and infrastructure, which is a real coup for us.  Our team is gearing up for the event to take over our entire venue – all 66,333 square metres of it!

To give you some background, MCEC supported Melbourne Convention Bureau with the bidding process back in 1997. It really was a ‘Team Melbourne’ effort to win this conference, along with the significant role our internationally-renowned More...

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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...