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Standing up for science

Standing up for science

The support and investment of the United States has been responsible for some of the most groundbreaking and historic health milestones in the world. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has led to highly effective treatments, such as of life-saving antiretroviral therapy and pre-exposure antiretroviral prophylaxis, turning a fatal infection into a chronic, manageable one in many places. Millions of lives have been saved by implementing those scientific advances through the US President's Eme...
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HIV prevention in the hands of women

HIV prevention in the hands of women

Denise van Dijk is a Member of the International AIDS Society (IAS), an IAS Industry Liaison Forum Advisory Group member and the President of the Global Public Health Sector division of the Female Health Company (FHC), overseeing the management of the female condom distribution and education programme. This International Women’s Day, Denise shares her perspective on the importance of the female condom as part of women-controlled HIV prevention strategies. This is her story... Read the full sto...
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IAS Member viewpoint:  Five things to know about women living with HIV

IAS Member viewpoint: Five things to know about women living with HIV

By Alice Welbourn   Over the past quarter century since my HIV diagnosis, I have had the good fortune to meet hundreds of extraordinary women who also have this bug in their bodies. As one of the estimated17.8 million women living with HIV worldwide, I want to raise our voices this International Women’s Day and share the six simple things you should know about being a woman living with HIV. It is so important that global leadership take these points into account when developing relevant polic...
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The Double Burden: HIV and Cervical Cancer

The Double Burden: HIV and Cervical Cancer

To mark Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the International AIDS Society and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon hosted a webinar entitled "The Double Burden: HIV and Cervical Cancer". Today, cervical cancer is preventable and curable if diagnosed and treated early. Yet, each year 266,000 women die from the disease and 85% of cervical cancer deaths occur in resource-limited settings. Women living with HIV, particularly those in low- and middle-income countries, are five times more likely to develop cervical c...
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Converging Roads Between HIV and Cancer Research

Converging Roads Between HIV and Cancer Research

By Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, International AIDS Society Past President and Co-Chair of the IAS Towards an HIV Cure initiative, Steven Deeks, Co-Chair of the IAS HIV Cure & Cancer Forum, Sharon Lewin, Co-Chair of the IAS HIV Cure & Cancer Forum, and Anna Laura Ross, Towards an HIV Cure Research Consultant.   Great advances in science often come from outside the direct field of research. Since the early days of the epidemic, the HIV research community brought together clinicians, virolo...
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From Trans Rights to the Right HIV Response

From Trans Rights to the Right HIV Response

Liaam Winslet, is a peer educator for the Transgender Family Programme at the Community Healthcare Network (CHN), providing health and social services to low-income communities in New York, United States. Liaam became an International AIDS Society (IAS) Member in 2016 and was a scholarship recipient of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). Originally from Ecuador, Liaam emigrated to the United States in 2012 to live freely and openly as a transgender woman and to work towards advan...
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Putting People at the Centre of ART Delivery

Putting People at the Centre of ART Delivery

“The amount of time we spend at the health facility in the queues – a queue for triage, a queue for the nurse, a queue at the pharmacy and a queue for the labs – it's too much time. I want to come to the facility only twice a year... I have a life to live.” – Patricia Asero Achieng, person living with HIV in Kenya   This week, the European HIV community gathered in Glasgow, Scotland to discuss therapeutic strategies and research in HIV. The focus: client-centred care. It’s not hard to un...
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