World AIDS Day 2023 – Put communities first!
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We will never end the pandemic until we put communities first.
How IAS Members are putting communities first
The IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with more than 15,000 members in over 170 countries. Our members are leading and catalysing change in communities around the world.
Discover some of our members’ powerful stories and the impact they are making in their communities:
IAS Young Leader Elizabeth Onyango is an IAS Youth Hub Seed Grant recipient. Her project, "Put a ring on it", with the support of the Coast Sex Workers Alliance (COSWA) Kenya, is "empowering young sex workers to be meaningfully engaged in all spaces where decisions about their sexual and reproductive health are being made".
IAS Member Jemma Samitpol shares how she is serving the trans community in Thailand as the Tangerine Clinic Supervisor for the Institute of HIV Research and Innovation (IHRI).
IAS Member Garfield Durrant shares how he is putting his community first as the Men’s Prevention Specialist (Lead) for the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) in Toronto, Canada.
World AIDS Day viewpoints in the Journal of the International AIDS Society
Authors from community-based organizations have written a viewpoint, titled “Let us lead: community leadership in the AIDS response is its fundamental pillar for success”.
John Nkengasong and other key stakeholders in the HIV response have authored a viewpoint, titled “Sustaining the HIV/AIDS Response: PEPFAR's Vision”, which calls for a "coordinated and enabling response that centres community voices".
Special HIV unmuted World AIDS Day podcast
Join us on World AIDS Day for a special podcast episode to hear the stories of people growing older with HIV, including their perspectives on putting communities first. Discover the challenges, triumphs and essential messages of their journeys.
To learn more about this topic, here are some resources:
IAS content links
The papers in this supplement emphasize the need to increase the capacity to design, test and evaluate different models of care for older people living with HIV and show how research can be used to guide policy, care and treatment of people growing older with HIV. Older people living with HIV should be part of the teams that design and evaluate implementation strategies – their lived experiences are an invaluable resource for programmes. Health systems that provide care for people living with HIV will need to evolve in response to the available evidence to meet the health needs of all people living with HIV beyond that of viral suppression. Countries will need to adopt integrated-care approaches to HIV service provision that is scalable in countries with a high HIV burden to achieve longer and richer healthspans for all people growing older with HIV.
Access resources on ageing with HIV in six languages on IAS+, a new interactive digital platform that provides free HIV-related educational resources and virtual live events to empower scientists, policy makers and community activists around the world.
Examples from community-led organizations
Equitable health outcomes for people ageing with HIV are possible only if we work in collaboration with them. People with lived experience and living expertise must be at the centre of any decision or action taken in response to self-identified needs. The coalition calls on healthcare providers, researchers, community-based HIV organizations, frontline providers of ageing-related services and policy and decision makers to work in partnership with it to fund and implement its calls to action.
Founded in 2011 and led by Keith Jerome and Hans-Peter Kiem at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, defeatHIV is a consortium of scientific investigators and clinicians from public and private research organizations who are committed to finding a cure for HIV. This series of webinars, co-sponsored by The Well Project, discusses the needs of people who have lived with HIV for many years and their specific concerns around research towards a cure for HIV.
Educational resources for healthcare providers
This toolkit contains straightforward guidance for caring for older people with HIV, including navigating co-morbidities and polypharmacy, screening and managing chronic diseases, coordinating care across specialists, and supporting mental wellness. It also contains materials for providers to distribute to encourage healthcare clients to be active participants in their own care. These tools were developed with US and European HIV experts. Download the free toolkit in a selection of languages.
This activity is intended for HIV specialists, primary care physicians and nurses. The goal is for learners to be better able to answer common questions on best practices in caring for people living with HIV and those who are heavily treatment experienced as they age.