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IAS Young Investigator Award Puts Researcher in the International Limelight

Posted 02 juillet 2013, 07:00 , 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...

IAS 2013 Carbon Offset Programme: Township

Posted 29 juin 2013, 10:25 , 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...

Development of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for women discussed at the Satellite Session: “Expanding HIV Prevention Options for Women”

Posted 28 juin 2013, 05:56 , by Guest

By the International AIDS Society – Industry Liaison Forum (ILF)

Despite very high efficacy displayed in some clinical trials, PrEP was also shown to suffer from worrying limitations, at least in part related to adherence problems. Although the FDA has approved PrEP (Truvada: trademark for emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, Gilead Sciences), further discussion is warranted and new product formulations and/or delivery mechanisms need to be developed. More...

We’ve got the science, now implement it!

Posted 16 mai 2013, 11:02 , by Conference Leadership

By Adeeba Kamarulzaman, IAS 2013 Local Co-Chair

I have mixed emotions on this day, AIDS Memorial Day 2013. It always saddens me to remember the lives cut short by AIDS but at the same I think it is also an opportunity to take something positive out of the experience. The massive strides we’ve made in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic means that we now have the potential not to lose ANYONE young to AIDS. And the resurgence we are seeing in the science in the past three years certainly bodes well for exploring new ways of defeating the virus.

If only the reality on the ground reflected the potential. Yes we should always acknowledge how far we have come – we’ve put eight million people on antiretroviral treatment, an extraordinary feat given that there were only a few tens of thousands a decade ago. Deaths from AIDS related diseases have dropped by 25 per cent just over the past five years. More...