Standing up for science
BLOG - 20 April 2017
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.
Remembering Mark Wainberg
STATEMENT - 13 April 2017
It is with a heavy heart that the International AIDS Society (IAS) has learned of the death of past president Prof. Mark A. Wainberg (1998-2000), who died this week at the age of 71 in Bal Harbour, Florida. We stand in mourning and shock from this news as Mark was a leader, mentor and close friend to the IAS, our staff and our community.
Women are leading the way in HIV research
OPINION PIECE BY LINDA-GAIL BEKKER AND ANTHONY FAUCI - 8 March 2017
There is a saying in South Africa: Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo. You strike the women, you strike the rock. On International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate the strong women who have always been at the heart of fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For more than 35 years, women have modeled strength and resilience as researchers, nurses and physicians, caregivers, volunteers, advocates, social workers, and community leaders.
HIV prevention in
the hands of women
BLOG - 8 March 2017
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.
IAS Member viewpoint: Five things to know about women living with HIV
BLOG - 8 March 2017
Over the past quarter century since my HIV diagnosis, I have had the good fortune to meet hundreds of extraordinary women who also have this bug in their bodies. As one of the estimated17.8 million women living with HIV worldwide, I want to raise our voices this International Women’s Day and share the six simple things you should know about being a woman living with HIV. It is so important that global leadership take these points into account when developing relevant policy decisions.
IAS statement on reinstatement of the global gag rule (Mexico City Policy)
STATEMENT - 2 February 2017
On 23 January 2017, US President Donald J Trump signed a presidential memorandum reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy. Under this policy, any and all non-US-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) wishing to receive US foreign assistance for family planning or global health must pledge to not use any funds – received from the US government or any other source – to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning”.
IAS statement on the Executive Order halting refugee admissions (United States)
STATEMENT - 2 February 2017
US President Donald J Trump signed the Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” on Friday, 27 January 2017. Under this proposed Order, all refugee admissions are suspended for 120 days, and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – are blocked from entering the US for 90 days. This Order essentially legalizes stigma of an entire population, striking at the core of human rights and putting public health at risk.
The double burden: HIV and cervical cancer
BLOG - 27 January 2017
To mark Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the International AIDS Society and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon hosted a webinar entitled "The Double Burden: HIV and Cervical Cancer". Today, cervical cancer is preventable and curable if diagnosed and treated early.
Converging roads between HIV and cancer research
BLOG - 12 January 2017
Great advances in science often come from outside the direct field of research.Since the early days of the epidemic, the HIV research community brought together clinicians, virologists, social scientists, and community members to try to shed light on the devastating disease. More than 30 years later, the benefits of interdisciplinary research continue to be valued and will be relevant for emerging efforts to cure or control HIV.
From trans rights to the right HIV response
BLOG - 8 December 2016
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).
AIDS is still a new threat to a younger generation
OPINION PIECE BY LINDA-GAIL BEKKER, IAS PRESIDENT - 1 December 2016
To the youth of today, the HIV epidemic is old. It arrived before the Internet, before the Berlin Wall came down, and at a time when you could still smoke on airplanes. It can be difficult to fathom but, unlike those of us from earlier generations, today's young people have never known a world without AIDS.
Putting people at the centre of ART delivery
BLOG - 28 October 2016
This week, the European HIV community gathered in Glasgow, Scotland to discuss therapeutic strategies and research in HIV. The focus: client-centred care. It’s not hard to understand why when globally one in seven new clients on antiretroviral treatment (ART) is lost to care after only one year of starting treatment.
The IAS welcomes the results of the Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment
NEWS - 19 September 2016
The International AIDS Society (IAS) enthusiastically welcomed the news that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria had raised US$ 12.9 billion at its 5th Replenishment Conference, held in Montreal. The amount raised, just shy of the Global Fund’s US$ 13 billion goal, is nearly one billion more than the amount raised at the 4th Replenishment in 2013.
IAS and WHO – New survey on research priorities for children and adolescents
NEWS - 16 September 2016
The International AIDS Society’s Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) and the World Health Organization are coordinating a shared global research agenda on HIV services for children and adolescents. Despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV epidemic, much work remains to be done to comprehensively address gaps in HIV testing, treatment, care and support for children and adolescents.
The International AIDS Society calls for global leadership ahead of the 5th Global Fund Replenishment
STATEMENT - 12 September 2016
On 16 September 2016, the 5th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will commence in Montreal, Canada. There, donors from around the world will pledge their commitment to invest in the Global Fund and support its goal of raising US$ 13 billion to be spent over the next three years; an investment that would save an estimated 8 million lives by 2020.