What is #IASONEVOICE?
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals. Together we advocate and drive urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV.
WE ARE ONE VOICE UNITED.
The #IASONEVOICE is a grassroots campaign highlighting the stories, opinions, and perspectives of IAS Members. We are over 12,000 voices strong made up of members from over 170 countries. We are researchers and
clinicians, policy and programme planners, public health and community practitioners, dealing daily with the human devastation of AIDS.
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Born with HIV: My beautiful story
Born with HIV, Doreen found out about her status only when she was 13. Stigma and treatment fatigue made her keep it a secret and stop treatment for two years. Doreen is now a social media influencer based in Nairobi, Kenya, and founder of the I AM A BEAUTIFUL STORY YouTube channel.
On the frontlines: Celebrating nurses and midwives
The World Health Assembly has named 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to honour these unsung heroes who often work in difficult conditions to deliver healthcare. In this series, five IAS Members share their experiences from the frontlines of the response to HIV and now also COVID-19.
U=U: The power is in the message
Brent Allan has been working in the response to HIV for over 30 years, starting as a 19-year-old volunteer at the local AIDS council in Edmonton, Canada, and now a global civil society representative on the IAS’s Industry Liaison Forum.
Leaders of today: International Youth Day
Youth leadership is critical to the HIV response with around 5500 young women aged 15–24 years acquiring HIV every week, according to UNAIDS data. This International Youth Day, we spoke with young leaders from across the world.
Life on the edge: COVID-19 and HIV in India
In late March 2020, the government of India ordered a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. Measures taken by the government, such as a ban on public transport and authorization to travel for medical supplies, caused many challenges for people living with HIV – especially those living in the poorest areas
COVID-19 weighs on South Africa’s HIV and TB burden
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing much uncertainty around the world, including for people living with and affected by HIV. South Africa has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world: some 7.7 million people live with HIV and more than 5 million access treatment.
Sex, work, life and HIV
Five current and former sex workers discuss their personal experiences of sex work, how they navigate the challenges of HIV and their individual journeys towards empowerment
The law versus key populations
In contexts where key populations are criminalized, those implementing key population programmes are often at risk of arrest and violence for their work.
HIV prevention for the next generation
In this special interactive interview, Nduku highlights the key factors that make young people, particularly women and girls, vulnerable to HIV and how to address those challenges.
My journey to a TB cure
Noludwe Mabandlela, 40, is an IAS Member and assistant researcher from Cape Town, South Africa. She became a tuberculosis (TB) advocate after her own diagnosis in 2017.
Youth engagement in HIV activism
In this Then and now series, six activists across generations share how living with HIV shaped their personal journeys toward activism. Each person reflects on how to build and sustain the work of HIV activism.
Our own best advocates
Dasha Matyushina is a Policy Reform Advisor at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, which strives for progressive human rights-based drug policy, sustainable funding advocacy and quality client-centred harm reduction services for people who use drugs.
What do the SDGs mean to me?
Jeffry Acaba is a Programme Officer for APCASO, an Asia-Pacific civil society network of community-based and non-governmental organizations on HIV, health, and social justice, with a focus on advocacy and community capacity development.
Patients versus patents
Leena Menghaney is a coordinator of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign in India and an IAS Member. She began her work on access to HIV treatment with the Lawyers Collective as part of its legal aid unit assisting people living with HIV.
Women in science
We asked five women at different stages of their career paths and from various countries and backgrounds to share their experiences and insights into being a female scientist.
When HIV is criminalized
Rosemary Namubiru is a 67-year-old nurse living with HIV. She is a mother, grandmother and IAS Member. She was wrongfully accused of intentionally exposing a child to HIV while administering an injection in January 2014.
Getting to GIPA 2.0
Bruno Spire is a researcher living with HIV and a senior scientist at the French National Institute for Medical Research (INSERM). Bruno is a scientist, but more so, he is an advocate on HIV community-based research.
A country on the brink
In the midst of the current crisis in Venezuela, two International AIDS Society (IAS) Members are sharing what’s happening on the ground within the country in this special edition of #IASONEVOICE
Living with HIV
The first AIDS-related deaths were reported in the United States on 5 June 1981. Thirty-six years later, there are almost 37 million people living with HIV. Today, seven of these people share their personal stories.
Testing on the front lines
Garry Kuchel is a registered nurse with more than 26 years of experience. He has been an IAS Member since 2014. Garry currently works at the M Clinic, a sexual health clinic for men who have sex with men in Perth, Australia.
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. To better understand the full ripple effects from the US funding cuts, we talked to three IAS Members and leading scientific researchers.
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).
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.
From discovery to a cure: A conversation with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
In 1983, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a young French virologist, co-discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since that time, Françoise has dedicated her life to prioritizing basic science in the fight against AIDS and to advocating with and for people living with HIV around the world.
Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV
Sergii Dvoriak is co-founder of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy and has been a member of the IAS since 2007. 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.
Dr. Abdul Nasser Kaadan is a physician from Aleppo who has been a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) since 2013. In 2016, Abdul was forced to flee his country and seek refuge in Turkey.
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.