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Growing up HIV-Positive: From diagnosis to activism

Growing up HIV-Positive: From diagnosis to activism

Juliana Odindo is an Advocacy Officer at The International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA), a regional advocacy network and membership based organization in Uganda that unites and supports girls and women living with HIV. Juliana became an International AIDS Society (IAS) member in 2016 and is an IAS Youth Voice. After struggling with her health for many years, Juliana was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 11. Motivated by her experience, Juliana is now a passionate advo...
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Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV

Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV

Sergii Dvoriakis co-founder of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy and has been a member of the IAS since 2007. Sergii also currently serves on the IAS Governing Council. Through his position, Sergii works on implementing Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) and other evidence-based treatment modalities for people who inject drugs (PWID) in Ukraine. The very conservative approaches to drug treatment and zero tolerance attitude toward drug consumption in the Eastern European region hav...
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Youth Voices on HIV – Addressing gaps and showing the way forward

Youth Voices on HIV – Addressing gaps and showing the way forward

“It’s important for young people to speak out, because when you keep it inside, that’s when it kills you.” – Sindi, a young woman living with HIV This weekend will mark National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day— a day to draw awareness towards the lack of progress in reducing HIV infections among adolescents. However, it can’t just be about awareness, it must be about amplifying the voices of those most affected. That is why we are proud to launch IAS Youth Voices – an advocacy initiative ...
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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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