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Forward Together – No More Shadows or Shame

Posted 23 juillet 2014, 12:58 , by Administrator

By Congresswoman Barbara Lee, senior Democratic member in the U.S. Congress serving on the Appropriations and Budget Committees and Melbourne Declaration Ambassador

When I entered Congress in 1998, the AIDS epidemic was already devastating communities around the U.S. and the world. An HIV diagnosis was an eventual death sentence.

For millions of people living with the disease, the HIV-positive status was a shameful secret.  The secret prevented treatment expansion and contributed to the epidemics growing numbers.

Thankfully, we’ve made incredible progress since that time. People are living a better quality of life, regardless of their status.  New tools are being developed to prevent infection and the dream of an AIDS-free generation seems possible. 

This week, the global HIV/AIDS community suffered another setback with the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 and the loss of all those on board, including many en route to the International AIDS Conference. More...

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MSF: Millions of people still waiting for a HIV revolution

Posted 22 juillet 2014, 07:52 , by Administrator

Dr. Mit Philips, MD, MPH, Health Policy Analyst at Médecins Sans Frontières

There are now nearly 12 million people receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV, and yet millions of people living with the disease still do not have access to treatment. While important strides have been made in efforts to expand access to and quality of HIV treatment in resource-limited settings, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) witnesses first-hand the countries – including but not limited to those with conflict – where people have not experienced the benefits of this global health revolution.

In West and Central Africa, only one-fifth of people living with HIV/AIDS have access to treatment. According to official statistics from 2012, there is a 79% treatment gap in this region. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), More...

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In Conversation with Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Posted 22 juillet 2014, 07:03 , by Administrator

By Rob Moodie, University of Melbourne

Watch the video of Professor Rob Moodie talking to Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi on YouTube.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi is the director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit, at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, and was the first author of the 1983 paper that reported the discovery of a retrovirus later named HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

She shared the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for that work and is the current president of the International AIDS Society. She is also the international chair of AIDS2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne July 20-25.

Professor of public health at the University of Melbourne, Rob Moodie, spoke to Professor Barré-Sinoussi about her work as a researcher and an advocate on the conference's opening day. More...

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Full speed ahead, but leaving nobody behind

Posted 22 juillet 2014, 03:45 , by Administrator

By Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance

It’s just two years since the bright lights of the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington but how the world has changed in that time.  From Nigeria to India, Ukraine to Uganda, the human rights of key affected populations have come under attack, particularly in recent months.  We watched in horror as earlier this year Uganda – hot on the heels of Nigeria - adopted harsh new laws that further criminalize homosexuality, while last December India recriminalized gay sex, reversing a 2009 Delhi High Court decision. Consequently, both nations have witnessed a significant rise in acts of violence and discrimination against the LGBT community, driving an already marginalized community further underground and making the uptake of HIV services all the more difficult. More...

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Peter Mudiope - 2012 Winner of the Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize

Posted 22 juillet 2014, 03:23 , by Administrator

By Emily Shaw, Research Promotion Intern, International AIDS Society

Each year, the International AIDS Society (IAS) awards scientific prizes to recognize outstanding research in the field of HIV/AIDS, including the Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize. The US$2,000 prize is awarded to a researcher who has demonstrated excellence in research and/or practice that addresses women, girls and gender issues related to HIV, and it specifically aims to encourage such research in low- and middle-income countries. The award is sponsored by the IAS and UNAIDS with support from the International Centre for Research on Women and the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.

In conjunction with the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), this honour was awarded to Dr Peter Mudiope for the abstract, “Partnership of HIV infected mothers (peers), community lay women/men (Sengas/Kojas) and village health teams (VHTs) with prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programs, increased male partner support for HIV infected women in one rural health centre and three urban hospitals in Uganda, July 2009 - July 2011.” More...

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