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IAS – the International AIDS Society – mourns the passing of two world-leading HIV scientists, David Katzenstein, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, and James Hakim, Professor of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, who died from COVID-19 related complications. “We send our deepest condolences to David’s and James’ families and loved ones at this difficult time,” said Adeeba Kamarulzaman, President of the IAS. “In the last few days, we have lost t...
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IAS statement: Ending racism involves us all

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As champions of health and rights, we add our voices to the global chorus condemning the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others – and denounce the structural racism that enabled their deaths.
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Remembering Professor Gita Ramjee

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The International AIDS Society (IAS) mourns the passing of Professor Gita Ramjee, world-renowned HIV scientist and Chief Scientific Officer at the Aurum Institute, who died in South Africa on Tuesday, 31 March from COVID-19 related complications.
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“It`s hard to know if this is a cure, only time will tell, but this is looking very promising,” said Sharon Lewin, IAS Governing Council member and Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Lewin is also Co-Chair with Mark Dybul of the IAS initiative Towards an HIV Cure.
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Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U) is an established and scientifically sound and proven concept in HIV prevention. A staggering body of evidence has shown that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load by taking and adhering to antiretroviral therapy as prescribed cannot sexually transmit the virus to others.
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Dear 2019 IAS Youth Ambassadors, Thank you for your letter regarding your request for at least one young person (under the age of 26) to deliver a plenary presentation at all International AIDS Society (IAS) conferences. We were pleased to hear you were impressed that almost 40% of presenters were under 35 years old at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico City. The IAS is strongly committed to ensuring active youth participation in our conferences and programmes, providi...
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Later this week, French President Emmanuel Macron will host the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund in Lyon, France. There, donors from around the world will pledge new funding in support of the Global Fund’s goal of helping the world get back on track towards ending AIDS, TB and Malaria. The importance of a robust replenishment cannot be underestimated. Since 2002, the Global Fund partnership has helped save 32 million lives and contributed to 18.9 million people on antiretrovir...
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The International AIDS Society welcomes the announcement of Winnie Byanyima named as the new Executive Director of UNAIDS. A former parliamentarian in Uganda, Byanyima has served as Executive Director of Oxfam International since 2013. She is a globally recognized and respected champion for gender equality and poverty eradication, bringing decades of political leadership and expertise to this role. Byanyima assumes the leadership of UNAIDS at a pivotal moment in the HIV response - when gains i...
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On behalf of the International AIDS Society (IAS), we, the officers and Regional Representatives of Asia and the Pacific Islands of the IAS Governing Council, express our grave concern regarding the anti-gay laws in Brunei Darussalam. From 3 April 2019, Brunei Darussalam will impose death by stoning as punishment for gay sex and adultery, as provided for in sections of the country’s Syariah Penal Code Order 2013. This comes against a backdrop of discrimination against gay and other men who hav...
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The following text was delivered by the International AIDS Society President-Elect Adeeba Kamarulzaman at opening of Ministerial Segment of Session 62 of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Of the 13 million people who inject drugs globally, about 10% or 1.7 million are living with HIV. The risk of HIV is 23 times higher for people who inject drugs than the general population. In 2019, we have the tools to prevent people who inject drugs from becoming HIV positive. Comprehensive evidence-based p...
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