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3 March 2022 (Geneva, Switzerland) – IAS – the International AIDS Society – is deeply concerned about the impact of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine on all its people and, more specifically, on people living with and affected by HIV in the country. With the recent escalation, the IAS is very concerned that thousands will have to fend without the required health services, dramatically worsening the state of the HIV epidemic in Ukraine. The IAS also calls on health authorities in t...
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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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Friday, 11 June 2021: IAS – the International AIDS Society – welcomes the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s adoption of the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS. As outlined in the IAS Annual Letter launched at the start of the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, overcoming HIV requires a concerted scientific effort on a global scale. This means more evidence-based policy and the elimination of stigmatizing, discriminatory and criminalizing laws and measures. At the same time, ...
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Thursday, 27 May 2021: IAS – the International AIDS Society - supports the proposed Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections for 2022–2030 (agenda item 26.4) and commends the strategic grouping of work on HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs within WHO. We stress the importance of ensuring a consultative process that considers the views of all relevant stakeholders. The past 40 years of the HIV response demonstrate the importance of science. Remark...
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Monday, 19 April 2021 (Geneva, Switzerland; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) –  Malaysia is facing a serious threat to human rights and the HIV response with the announcement by a cabinet minister of the government’s plans to expand the jurisdiction of religious courts and increase penalties for LGBTQ people. IAS – the International AIDS Society – strongly condemns the existing laws regarding same-sex relationships and the proposed amendment to strengthen Act 355, from 1965, which established state-...
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Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 - I am honoured to join you at the plenary of the 64th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. My statement today is the result of the virtual pre-CND multi-stakeholders consultation organized by UNODC HIV Section in close collaboration with the IAS - International AIDS Society, World Health Organization, UNAIDS and INPUD. For people who use drugs, COVID-19 has added to an already difficult situation marked by widespread violations of human rights, criminalization...
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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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