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IAS 2013: The Numbers

Posted 03 July 2013, 01:57 P, by Conference Secretariat

Here are the final numbers for IAS 2013:

  • 5,220 participants 
  • 127 countries represented
  • 118 scholarship recipients (18 community scholarship recipients)
  • 183 volunteers
  • 2,131 abstracts submitted; 896 accepted
  • 71 sessions (39 non-abstract driven sessions, 32 abstract-driven sessions)
  • 9 plenary speeches
  • 35 exhibits
  • 17 satellite meetings
  • 7 scientific prizes and awards
  • 12,298 Facebook fans, 2,287+ #IAS2013 tweets and 20,000+ visits to www.ias2013.org (since Sunday, 30 June)

A major paradigm shift is needed in the politics of HIV

Posted 03 July 2013, 12:27 P, by Guest

By Elena Obieta

As the international AIDS conference I’ve been attending in Malaysia draws to a close today, I’ve been reflecting on the new HIV treatment guidelines launched by the World Health Organization on 30 June at the start of the conference.

As a doctor who has sees the sharp end of infectious diseases, I believe impact on incidence should be the first thing to consider. With these new recommendations on HIV treatment, 3 million HIV-related deaths and 3.5 million new infections can be avoided. More...

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Hepatitis C in HIV-coinfected patients, from screening to treatment, a revolution forward

Posted 03 July 2013, 02:00 A, by Guest

By Dr. Karine Lacombe, IAS 2013 Plenary Session Speaker

Initially associated with blood transfusions and hospital care, the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic has since moved rapidly onwards to intravenous drug users, where it remains a major problem. Despite numerous harm reduction programmes, such as needle exchange, opiate substitution, and controlled shooting galleries, drug addiction remains the number one route of HCV transmission around the world. However, in HIV-infected patients, the HCV epidemic experienced a major shift in the mid-1990s, with sexual transmission, particularly among men who have More...

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IAS Young Investigator Award Puts Researcher in the International Limelight

Posted 02 July 2013, 07:00 A, by Guest

By Musa Otieno Ngayo, Winner of the IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award for Track B: Clinical Sciences during the IAS 2011 for abstract entitled

Association of abnormal vaginal flora with male-to-female HIV-1 transmission among HIV-1 discordant couples in sub-Saharan Africa

I have been enthusiastic in sharing my research findings at the IAS Conference, as well as contributing to the Scientific Programme Committee, by providing critical abstract reviews since 2006. However the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) in Rome was my first to attend and I was delighted to share an aspect of helpful and exciting research activities I am engaged in Kenya.

The nomination of our abstract for the 2011 IAS/ANRS More...

Publish Your Research Results! Learn How at the JIAS Scientific Writing Workshop at IAS 2013

Posted 02 July 2013, 02:27 A, by Guest

By Mirjam J. Curno, PhD, ELS, Managing Editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society

The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) is pleased to once again offer a capacity-building workshop in scientific writing at the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013). The workshop, entitled Publish or Perish: how to write a research manuscript, will take place on Wednesday 3 July at 14:30-17:30 in Mini Room 3, and is aimed at less-experienced authors.

Editors-in-Chief, Mark Wainberg and Papa Salif Sow, as well as Executive Editor Shirin Heidari and Managing Editor Mirjam Curno, will present practical guidelines on writing, submitting and revising manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. More...

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Achieving Universal Access and Moving towards Elimination of New HIV Infections in Cambodia

Posted 01 July 2013, 03:46 A, by Guest

By Dr. Mean Chhi Vun, Director, National Center for HIV, Dermatology and STDs, Ministry of Health Cambodia

In the mid-1990s, Cambodia faced one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in Asia and became within five years one of the few countries to have reversed its trend.  Cambodia received a millennium development goal (MDG) award in 2010 from the United Nations as a global recognition of the country’s response to HIV.  My plenary presentation reviewed Cambodia’s response in the past two decades and included a discussion of the way towards Elimination of New HIV infections in Cambodia.

Cambodia has had a three-phase response to HIV.

Phase 1 (1991 – 2000)
The country confronted HIV under extremely vulnerable conditions in the early 1990s as the country emerged from instability. Fuelled by unprotected sex work, HIV and STIs spread rapidly through networks of sex workers and clients in the early to mid-1990s. More...

New WHO Guidelines - Commentary in JIAS

Posted 30 June 2013, 06:45 A, by Guest

By JIAS

Today, on 30 June 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) has released its new Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) has published an accompanying commentary authored by Gottfried Hirnschall, Anthony D Harries, Philippa J Easterbrook, Meg C Doherty and Andrew Ball, who participated in the development of the guidelines. More...

Community Participants Discuss the Latest Science with the Experts

Posted 30 June 2013, 05:16 A, by Conference Secretariat

On Sunday 100 community and community-interested participants, 80% from Malaysia came together to discuss some of the conference hot topics with international scientists. Included in the subjects of discussion were the HIV cure and the next generation of drugs, comprehensive packaging of services for Key Affected Populations (KAPs), policy and legal reform to ensure universal access to services for KAPs, and Trans-Pacific Partnerships and Free Trade Treaties and strategies to ensure the continued access to generic HIV medicine in developing countries.

Interpretation into Malay enabled local community representatives to engage fully in the discussions. The Community Activist Liaisons were also introduced to the group and they explained their role in supporting peaceful, productive activism in the conference.

Free Science Coverage from Online Conference Partners

Posted 30 June 2013, 03:38 A, by Conference Secretariat

Two IAS partners, NAM and Clinical Care Options, are providing free scientific coverage of the conference. NAM, the official provider of online scientific reporting, is filing news stories on major scientific presentations and publishing a daily English-language electronic news bulletin that will be translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. To receive the bulletin, please sign-up here.

Clinical Care Options (CCO), the official online partner for scientific analysis, is providing summaries of key data and analyses by expert faculty during and after the conference. During the conference, CCO’s downloadable audio highlights will provide analyses of studies presented in selected oral sessions. Additional resources such as Expert Analyses and downloadable slides will be available after the conference. The CCO website is a free, international service. One-time free registration is required.

IAS 2013 Carbon Offset Programme: Township

Posted 29 June 2013, 10:25 A, by Guest

IAS 2013 Conference Delegates could offset their carbon emission by ticking a box on the registration form. All donations given by IAS 2013 conference delegates will support two differet projects: Moving Mountains and Township

Township NPO is a Cape Town-based non-profit organization dedicated to the development of sustainable jobs for women from township communities primarily in the textile, fashion accessories-related sector. Today, Township NPO programs have resulted in the set-up of seven co-operatives employing 61 women. Township NPO and Township Patterns are proud to have worked with the International AIDS Society in the past and to have been supported by them. Through empowerment and education, Township seeks to not only tackle the country’s unemployment rate, but also to raise the disadvantaged to a better standard of living for themselves and their families. Even though AIDS and HIV are such large issues in South Africa, empowering the disadvantaged creates hope for a better future. More...