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Remembering Dr Scott Hammer

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IAS – the International AIDS Society – mourns the death of our former Governing Council member Scott Hammer, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University. A respected HIV researcher and physician, Dr Hammer passed away on 17 November 2021. “Dr Scott Hammer played a pivotal role in the development of the current HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) paradigm that has saved millions of lives,” IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman said. “He will be missed by us all.” A ...
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Remembering Dr Ly Penh Sun

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Remembering Dr Ly Penh Sun
IAS – the International AIDS Society – mourns the untimely death of IAS Member Dr Ly Penh Sun, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (NCHADS), Cambodia. A champion for HIV prevention and treatment across Asia and the Pacific, Dr Sun sadly passed away on 9 November 2021. “As Director of NCHAD, Dr Ly Penh Sun played a major role in Cambodia’s highly successful HIV response,” IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman said. “Cambodia was one of the few countries to achieve...
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  IAS – the International AIDS Society – applauds plans to nominate Dr John Nkengasong to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Born in Cameroon, Dr Nkengasong has worked for many years in Africa, the world’s most heavily HIV-affected region where many PEPFAR programmes are implemented. “The role of African leadership is vital in the HIV response,” IAS President Adeeba Kamarulzaman said. “If confirmed in this position, Dr John Nkengasong’s understanding of the s...
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  Yesterday Johnson and Johnson and its global partners announced that they would discontinue the large-scale Imbokodo HIV Vaccine Trial. Initial results showed that the vaccine did not provide significant protection against HIV infection in young women in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this disappointing news, IAS – the International AIDS Society – emphasizes the importance of continued investment and engagement in trials to find an effective vaccine. There is still a lot to be learned from thi...
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“IAS – the International AIDS Society – warmly welcomes the news that a COVID-19 vaccine will soon also be produced in South Africa. Suffering driven by vaccine inequity would largely be a thing of the past if low- to middle-income countries had the capacity to control the production and distribution of life-saving vaccines. “But this good news comes with caveats. To truly empower low- to middle-income countries in the response to COVID-19 and future pandemics, the transfer of technologies ...
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It is my great honour to announce that Dr Birgit Poniatowski is the next Executive Director of IAS – the International AIDS Society. She assumes the role with immediate effect.
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New results announced today by ViiV healthcare show that injection of long-acting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) cabotegravir every two months is 89% more effective than a daily Truvada oral pill (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) in a trial of women at increased risk of HIV acquisition.
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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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