World AIDS Day 2021


Today, on World AIDS Day, as many countries lock out southern African countries due to the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, it has never been more urgent to #FollowtheScience.

Rather than resorting to travel bans that may cause more harm than good, IAS – the International AIDS Society – calls for a science-based international Code of Conduct for countries compelled to react to emerging COVID-19 information.

But in a time of dual pandemics, we cannot allow scientific progress in the HIV response to falter. The discovery of a safe and effective HIV cure would move us closer to a world in which HIV no longer presents a threat to public health and individual well-being.

The third edition of Research Priorities for an HIV Cure: IAS Global Scientific Strategy 2021 was published today in Nature Medicine. It highlights critical gaps, progress made, and the next steps science must follow towards a scalable, affordable and globally accessible cure.

Yet, one question remains: how close are we to an HIV cure? In this special World AIDS Day episode of HIV unmuted, the IAS podcast, we share the human endeavours behind the journey to a cure – and the hope it would bring to 38 million people living with HIV.

We are joined by:

  • IAS President-Elect Sharon Lewin on the latest cure strategies and the hope the most recent person cured of HIV, the “Esperanza patient”, provides for a cure

  • Adam, the “London patient”, and his doctor, Ravi Gupta, on the bone marrow transplant that cured Adam of HIV, and why it’s not a feasible cure for all

  • Moses “Supercharger” Nsubuga on how travelling home next to his coffin to die changed his life and led him to become an HIV cure advocate in Uganda



#WorldAIDSDay social media


Share our message to #FollowtheScience this World AIDS Day with one or more of the suggested tweets below.

Travel bans may cause more harm than good. This #WorldAIDSDay, I am joining the @iasociety in calling for a science-based international Code of Conduct for countries reacting to emerging #COVID19 information. Find out more: iasociety.org/wad2021

In a time of dual pandemics, we cannot allow scientific progress in the #HIV response to falter. @iasociety’s new global scientific strategy for an HIV cure highlights the gaps, progress & action needed to achieve a cure. iasociety.org/wad2021 via @NatureMedicine #WorldAIDSDay

We need an #HIV cure to end the epidemic. Today, on #WorldAIDSDay, the @iasociety launches the new global strategy for an HIV cure. Discover how we must #FollowtheScience to develop a globally accessible cure for all: iasociety.org/wad2021

How close are we to an HIV cure for all? The special #WorldAIDSDay episode of #HIVunmuted, the IAS podcast, shares the human endeavours behind the journey to a cure – and the hope it would bring to 38 million people living with HIV. Listen now: hivunmuted.iasociety.org