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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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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...