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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...

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Prevention of Vertical Transmission of HIV Discussed at IAS 2013 Satellite Session: "Beyond Option B Plus”

Posted 24 juin 2013, 08:51 , by Guest

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

Despite progresses in the prevention of vertical transmission of HIV, paediatric HIV still persists as a major plague, in particular in resource-limited settings. Option B+, the life-long initiation on antiretrovirals of all pregnant women, will certainly contribute to reducing vertical transmission, while also creating new challenges.

To further the reflexion on this topic, the International AIDS Society – Industry Liaison Forum (IAS-ILF) and UNICEF co-organize a satellite session entitled “Beyond Option B+” as part of the Programme of the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013). More...

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IAS 2011 in Rome: An exciting opportunity

Posted 21 juin 2013, 11:14 , by Guest

By Ranjita Biswas, India, IAS 2011 Media Scholarship Recipient

Earning a media scholarship to attend the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011 ) in Rome, gave me an opportunity to interact with researchers, organizers, and most important of all, be privy to  the exciting news about Treatment as Prevention. As revealed at the IAS 2013, breaking news kind of information in the AIDS-related field, separate studies provided the first evidence that a daily oral dose of More...

Volunteering at the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention

Posted 20 juin 2013, 10:47 , by Guest

By Franziska Perl, AIDS 2010 and IAS 2011 volunteer

The first time I volunteered was for the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) in Vienna, Austria. I had never volunteered before and given the opportunity that this well-attended international event was held in the city where I lived, I was very excited to become part of it.

I was about to pick up my badge and my T-shirt at the conference venue, when I noticed that some volunteers were already busy packing conference material into delegate bags. More...

Engagement Tours Offer Opportunity to Visit Innovative Organizations

Posted 19 juin 2013, 10:10 , by Guest

By the IAS 2013 Community Advisory Group

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) is excited to offer delegates the opportunity to see first-hand the work of some innovative Kuala Lumpur-based organizations through the Engagement Tours. Following the success and positive evaluations at previous IAS conferences, this year’s CAG has found four very interesting organizations where conference delegates can receive a guided tour – free of charge and limited to one tour per delegate. To register please email engagementtours@ias2013.org. More...

IAS 2013 Media Training Session for Media Delegates

Posted 17 juin 2013, 10:51 , by Conference Secretariat

As was the case with previous editions of the IAS Conference, organizers will be holding a media training session prior to the IAS 2013 conference on Sunday 30 June, 10.00-12.00. Media training sessions form an important part of the pre-conference programme: the free event, open to all media delegates, is tailored to help participants get the most out of the conference, learn about the latest developments in HIV and hear from a range of speakers covering topics related to the conference. More...

IAS 2013 Carbon Offset Programme: Moving Mountains Trust

Posted 14 juin 2013, 11:46 , by Guest

By Michael Evans, Moving Mountains Coordinator

Moving Mountains Trust is delighted and honoured to have been selected as a supported charity by the IAS 2013 conference!

Moving Mountains is a small and dynamic NGO committed to long-term sustainable development. We work in Kenya, Nepal and Borneo with some of the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities in the developing world. The project won the AITO 'Roger Diski Community Project Award' in 2012.

Donations to Moving Mountains through the carbon offset programme from delegates who attend the 2013 conference will support our work in Borneo, protecting and enriching the Sarawak rainforest in partnership with indigenous Penan communities. More...

Scholarships Support Wide Array of Delegates

Posted 12 juin 2013, 11:08 , by Conference Secretariat

Kuala Lumpur, a leader among Asian tiger economies, will bring close to 120 international and media scholarship recipients from five continents for the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013).

Committed to making the conference accessible to people from resource-limited settings and communities, researchers and students, the conference organizers selected these recipients from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants from 113 countries. They represent a broad array of scientific and medical disciplines, as well as community and media. The criteria used to determine scholarship recipients included country of work, personal profile (gender, age, etc.), occupation, type of organization and experience in the field. More...