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The world has lost one of its most dedicated leaders in the fight against HIV. The International AIDS Society (IAS) shares in the deep sadness felt by many at the loss of Dr. Willard (Ward) Cates. For over 40 years, Ward has been working in the field of women's health, reproductive rights, and HIV/AIDS and was a recognised force in linking these fields of work. Ward was beloved as a committed and humble mentor to new generations of scientists and researchers. He was a true pioneer, an extraordi...
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We are delighted to welcome Kevin Osborne to the International AIDS Society (IAS) as the new Director of HIV Programmes and Advocacy. Kevin brings over twenty years of experience in public health to the IAS executive team with a background in HIV programme implementation and human rights. Kevin has supported a number of national, regional and international programmes by forging sustainable partnerships with governments, UN agencies, community organisations and the donor community. He has extens...
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In Memory of Anita Datar, IAS Member

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This weekend the International AIDS Society (IAS) lost one of our own. Anita Datar, who has been an IAS member since 2014, was killed during the attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali on 20 November 2015. Anita was among at least 27 victims. This senseless tragedy serves as a reminder of the unwavering commitment and sacrifices of those working in the fight against HIV. Anita was a caring public health professional at Palladium, focused on family planning, female empowerment and...
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Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH '91, will be installed as the first Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights “FATHER, WE NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS ISSUE,” Chris Beyrer told his South African mentor and friend, Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It was 2010, and the Ugandan parliament was debating legislation that would increase criminal penalties for homosexuality, including life imprisonment. As Archbishop of Capetown, Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his fight against ...
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The IAS expresses our deepest sadness at the passing of Joel Nana, the founding Executive Director of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR). Joel, who passed away last week in Cameroun, was an active HIV advocate and champion. He dedicated his life to working on the frontlines of human rights and health for MSM and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. He stood up for injustices and helped shape the dialogue around homosexuality in Africa. His contribution to th...
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The International AIDS Society (IAS) is looking for two civil society representatives to join our Industry Liaison Forum (ILF). This is an opportunity to make YOUR voice heard. Become a member of the ILF Advisory Group and represent civil society’s point of view, helping define the work of the ILF and its contribution to the global response to HIV. There are concerns that private industry may be primarily concerned with profits, which contributes to the exclusion of valuable stakeholders from ...
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In remembrance of Bob Monk

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The IAS Board and staff are saddened to share the loss of our friend, Bob Monk. Bob has been an AIDS activist since 1987--the year he tested positive.  From that time, he has been an active supporter and educator to the HIV/AIDS community.    Bob dedicated his life to HIV education and advocacy. His passion to deliver accessible HIV information is what led him to launch AIDS Infonet resource (www.aidsinfonet.org), which provides an unparalleled breadth of HIV information in easy-to-understand ...
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Tribute to Dr. Suniti Solomon

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It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Dr. Suniti Solomon, a pioneer of HIV research and treatment in India. Dr. Solomon documented India’s first HIV case in 1986 when blood samples of six commercial sex workers tested positive. Suniti’s dedicated work in HIV epidemiology, prevention, care, support and related gender issues, all started at a time when many were reluctant to delve into what was a little known field. It’s because of her commitment and ground breaking research t...
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JIAS – Special issue

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The Journal of the International AIDS Society is pleased to announce the publication of the special issue “PrEP Implementation Science: State-of-the-Art and Research Agenda”. This timely special issue addresses the wide-ranging issues around the use of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV transmission. Click here to read the supplement    
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The Board and the staff of the International AIDS Society mourn the passing of Alan Brotherton, a global leader in HIV activism, from the earliest days in Australia and working in Asia-Pacific and internationally. The impact of Alan´s role in the fight against HIV and AIDS will be felt forever - he was a fearless champion in the very early days of the disease for those people most affected. Alan chaired People Living With HIV/AIDS NSW and Australia’s National Association of People Living With ...
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