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Standing up for science

The support and investment of the United States has been responsible for some of the most groundbreaking and historic health milestones in the world. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has led to highly effective treatments, such as of life-saving antiretroviral therapy and pre-exposure antiretroviral prophylaxis, turning a fatal infection into a chronic, manageable one in many places.

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HIV prevention in the hands of women

Denise van Dijk is a Member of the International AIDS Society (IAS), an IAS Industry Liaison Forum Advisory Group member and the President of the Global Public Health Sector division of the Female Health Company (FHC), overseeing the management of the female condom distribution and education programme. This International Women’s Day, Denise shares her perspective on the importance of the female condom as part of women-controlled HIV prevention strategies.

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From Trans Rights to the Right HIV Response From trans rights to the right HIV response

Liaam Winslet, is a peer educator for the Transgender Family Programme at the Community Healthcare Network (CHN), providing health and social services to low-income communities in New York, United States. Liaam became an International AIDS Society (IAS) Member in 2016 and was a scholarship recipient of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016).

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From discovery to a cure: A conversation with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi From discovery to a cure: A conversation with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

In 1983, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, a young French virologist, co-discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since that time, Françoise has dedicated her life to prioritizing basic science in the fight against AIDS and to advocating with and for people living with HIV around the world. In 2008, she received a Nobel Prize in Medicine for her groundbreaking co-discovery.

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Growing Up HIV-Positive: From Diagnosis to Activism Growing up HIV-positive: From diagnosis to activism

Juliana Odindo is an Advocacy Officer at The International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA), a regional advocacy network and membership based organization in Uganda that unites and supports girls and women living with HIV. Juliana became an International AIDS Society (IAS) Member in 2016 and is an IAS Youth Voice.

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Effects of Repressive Drug Policies on HIV Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV

Sergii Dvoriakis co-founder of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy and has been a member of the IAS since 2007. Sergii also currently serves on the IAS Governing Council. Through his position, Sergii works on implementing Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) and other evidence-based treatment modalities for people who inject drugs (PWID) in Ukraine.

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Zika and HIV: Connecting the Science Zika and HIV: Connecting the science

Dr. Artur Timerman is a medical doctor of infectious diseases and an IAS Member since 1994. He is currently working in Brazil as the President of Sociedade Brasileira de Dengue e Arboviroses. In this role, Artur has been providing public information on the Zika outbreak since it was first described in 16 patients in April 2015.

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The Forgotten The forgotten

Dr. Abdul Nasser Kaadan is a physician from Aleppo who has been a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) since 2013. Last year, Abdul was forced to flee his country and seek refuge in Turkey. In the face of this emergency humanitarian crisis, the IAS is working with Abdul to ensure the voice of the Syrian people working on the frontlines of HIV is heard.

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