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Remembering David Cooper

“The story of HIV is a modern medical miracle. From despair and tragedy, we have moved into an era of chronic treatable illness, in just 30 years.” - David Cooper It is with incredible sadness that the International AIDS Society (IAS) has learned of the sudden passing of our Past President, Professor David Cooper (1994-1998). He passed away on 18 March 2018, surrounded by his family at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia, at the age of 68 after a short illness. The world has lost one ...
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Remembering Mathilde Krim

The International AIDS Society (IAS) mourns the passing of Mathilde Krim, founding chair of amfAR, and a giant in the history of the HIV response. She was 91. Dr Krim, a cancer researcher trained at the University of Geneva, was living in New York City when the epidemic was first recognized in the early 1980s. At a time when fear and hysteria dominated the world’s perception of HIV, Dr Krim stepped forward to become the most visible advocate in the United States for a response to HIV that was ...
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IAS statement for the thematic segment on “Zero discrimination in health care settings”

Across the world, for a variety of cultural, social, political and religious reasons, accessing HIV prevention, care and treatment services is still not as simple as it could and should be. This is particularly true for key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – who in 2017 still face formidable challenges to access quality healthcare, including sexual and reproductive health and HIV services. Policy barriers and high levels of st...
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The IAS welcomes Peter Sands as the Global Fund’s new Executive Director

14 November 2017 (Geneva, Switzerland) — The International AIDS Society (IAS) welcomes the appointment of Peter Sands as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Following more than a decade in the financial sector – including more than eight years as the Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank – Peter has dedicated his life to improving global health and accelerating the fight against pandemics, including AIDS, TB and malaria. He currently s...
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International AIDS Society statement on the passing of Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan

The International AIDS Society mourns the passing of Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and honours his life of service and dedication to an open society and to the fight against AIDS. Amsterdam, the city that Mayor van der Laan led for seven years, occupies a critical role in the history of the global fight against AIDS. It was among the first cities in the world to support needle exchange, which helped address a growing epidemic among people who inject drugs. In keeping with the city’s co...
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In remembrance of Pierre Bergé

The International AIDS Society (IAS) mourns the passing of Pierre Bergé, a giant in the fight against AIDS and a renowned human rights advocate. Pierre died at the age of 86 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, on 7 September 2017. A successful businessman, a patron of the arts and an active member of the supervisory board of Le Monde, Pierre used his wealth and influence to make the world a better, more just place. Pierre was a founder of Sidaction and its president since 1996. He played a...
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Merger of initiatives focused on HIV cure

The IAS Towards an HIV Cure initiative recently merged with another leader in the field, the HIV Cure Initiative (HCI). The new entity, which will operate under the IAS Towards an HIV Cure name, will join forces to better promote HIV cure research and speed the development of effective HIV remission or cure strategies. Launched at a meeting hosted by the Annenberg Foundation, then housed at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), the HCI fostered public-private partnerships towards an...
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Remembering Mark Wainberg

It is with a heavy heart that the International AIDS Society (IAS) has learned of the death of past president Prof. Mark A. Wainberg (1998-2000), who died this week at the age of 71 in Bal Harbour, Florida. We stand in mourning and shock from this news as Mark was a leader, mentor and close friend to the IAS, our staff and our community.
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IAS statement on reinstatement of the global gag rule (Mexico City Policy)

On 23 January 2017, US President Donald J Trump signed a presidential memorandum reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy. Under this policy, any and all non-US-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to receive US foreign assistance for family planning or global health must pledge to not use any funds – received from the US government or any other source – to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning”. The International AIDS Society (IAS) is deeply...
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IAS statement on the Executive Order halting refugee admissions (United States)

US President Donald J Trump signed the Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” on Friday, 27 January 2017. Under this proposed Order, all refugee admissions are suspended for 120 days, and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – are blocked from entering the US for 90 days. This Order essentially legalizes stigma of an entire population, striking at the core of human rights a...
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