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Zika and HIV: Connecting the science

Zika and HIV: Connecting the science

Dr. Artur Timerman is a medical doctor of infectious diseases and an IAS member since 1994. He is currently working in Brazil as the President of Sociedade Brasileira de Dengue e Arboviroses. In this role, Artur has been providing public information on the Zika outbreak since it was first described in 16 patients in April 2015. Since that time, Zika has spread across Latin America, with tragic consequences that parallel the emergence of AIDS more than 30 years ago. In May 2015, the public health...
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Modern HIV prevention: What’s next for women?

Modern HIV prevention: What’s next for women?

Today, some of the world’s leading scientists and researchers were gathered in Boston at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). “What’s next for women?” was the question on the minds of many, after results were released from two trials that looked at one of the most promising new HIV prevention tools of our time: the long-acting dapivirine vaginal ring, a female-controlled HIV prevention method that could potentially protect women for up to a month at a time. ASP...
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The forgotten

The forgotten

Dr. Abdul Nasser Kaadan is a physician from Aleppo who has been a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) since 2013. Last year, Abdul was forced to flee his country and seek refuge in Turkey. In the face of this emergency humanitarian crisis, the IAS is working with Abdul to ensure the voice of the Syrian people working on the frontlines of HIV is heard. This is his story… I was living near Aleppo University, which is still under the government’s control. I left in early 2015 when the...
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Human rights = The end of AIDS

Micheal Ighodaro is a HIV/AIDS advocate and an openly gay man living with HIV. This Human Rights Day, he shares his personal story. I was infected with HIV as an adolescent in the streets of Nigeria. As an openly gay man coming from a country like mine, I can tell you first-hand that without addressing human rights we cannot address HIV. I knew I was gay when I was seven years old. My mum always knew but she always tried to hide it. I remember when I first asked her what the meaning of gay was...
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Paediatric ARVs: Giving industry a seat at the table

By Marissa Vicari and Sébastien Morin, International AIDS Society   “There must be a partnership between business and the community - without that this battle will not be won.” – Nelson Mandela   In his closing address at the 2000 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, Nelson Mandela recognized the necessity of industry’s involvement in the HIV response -- even before generic antiretrovirals (ARVs) were made available at low cost to the world. At the time, the relationshi...
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Standing United for International Day for Tolerance

Today marks the 20th annual International Day for Tolerance - a day that recognizes how important the rich variety of our world's cultures and people are to creating a strong, vibrant global community. In a week marred by violence in Beirut, Baghdad, Sana'a and Paris – and a year that has seen more people fleeing their homes to escape persecution than ever before in history – we call on all International AIDS Society (IAS) members to use today as a moment to reflect and share with your communi...
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5 Things to Know About HIV and the MDGs

Next week the 70th UN General Assembly will take place in New York. This year marks an important milestone as we transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new global agenda agreed upon by world leaders to address the major challenges facing our world today. Combatting HIV/AIDS and malaria was one of the core goals of the MDGs and because of that targeted focus we have made huge strides in tackling the epidemic. We must build on that m...
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