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A major paradigm shift is needed in the politics of HIV

Posted 03 juillet 2013, 12:27 , 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...



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

Posted 03 juillet 2013, 02:00 , 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...



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...

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

Posted 02 juillet 2013, 02:27 , 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...



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

Posted 01 juillet 2013, 03:46 , 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 juin 2013, 06:45 , by Guest


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...

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...

Put the ‘Key’ in Key Populations

Posted 29 juin 2013, 04:49 , by Guest

By Datuk Dr. Raj Karim, Malaysian AIDS Council President

The global scientific community celebrated the 30th anniversary of the discovery of HIV last May, and we have certainly come a very long way since then. The many scientific breakthroughs in HIV research over the past couple of years hint at the possibility of a functional cure, and now there’s even talk of plausibly ending AIDS by 2050, provided we have the collective political will to achieve universal access to antiretroviral treatment, HIV prevention services and total elimination of mother-to-child transmission.

I couldn’t think of a better way to welcome the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) to our shores than with such resounding optimism. Civil society actors in the Malaysian HIV response sector are extremely excited to see how these scientific findings will be shared at IAS 2013 and benefit the people who need HIV science the most – key populations! 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...

IAS 2011 Gives Award Winner the Opportunity to Talk about Young Women HIV-related Issues

Posted 26 juin 2013, 05:35 , by Guest

By Dr. Milly Nanyombi Kaggwa, Programs Director at PACE Uganda and IAS 2011 winner of the Women, Girls and HIV Investigators Award

IAS 2011 in Rome was my first IAS Conference and I was excited to bring issues concerning young women and youth at the forefront in the global response to HIV. I feel very fortunate to have received the Women, Girls and HIV investigators Award for the abstract ‘Preventing HIV Infection among young girls by addressing Cross Generational Sex (CGS) in Secondary Schools in Uganda’. Not only was I able to attend the conference programme but also to participate in pre-conference meetings with other awards and grants winners and interact with leading scientists in the HIV field. I also received a lot of media attention that helped my project to get a high level of attention. That also gave me the opportunity to talk about the ‘Go-Getters’ programme in Uganda. More...