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.
Prospects for developing a cure or sustained remission for HIV take centre stage at AIDS 2016
PRESS RELEASE- 16 July 2016
HIV Cure Research Advances and the New IAS Global Scientific Strategy: Towards an HIV Cure 2016 will headline the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban (Durban, SOUTH AFRICA) -- Sixteen years ago, the historic 13th International AIDS Conference inspired a new paradigm for HIV treatment access that helped change the trajectory of the global AIDS epidemic.
International AIDS Society (IAS) releases new strategy to guide global HIV cure research
NEWS - 11 July 2016
A comprehensive new strategy, developed by the International AIDS Society (IAS) and published online today in the journal Nature Medicine, presents key priorities for research to develop what experts consider to be one of the most important global health goals of our time – a cure for HIV.
The inclusion of all populations
OPINION PIECE BY CHRIS BEYRER, IAS PRESIDENT- 20 June 2016
Last week´s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS in New York was both inspiring and painful. The exclusion of civil society organizations was profoundly wrong - but the commitment of so many great activists, scientists and political leaders was so heartening.
Announcing Carlo Oliveras as the Adolescent HIV Treatment Coalition Programme coordinator
NEWS - 1 June 2016
We are delighted to welcome Carlo Oliveras to the International AIDS Society (IAS) as the new Programme Coordinator for the Adolescent HIV Treatment Coalition (ATC) hosted by CIPHER.
69th World Health Assembly: Statement by the International AIDS Society (IAS)
STATEMENT - 26 May 2016
The International AIDS Society (IAS) welcomes the Global Health Sector Strategies and congratulates the World Health Organization (WHO) on the broad- based consultation - particularly the engagement of civil society partners who are key players in supporting their realisation. HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs are major public health issues and an integrated client-centred approach within a framework of universal health coverage will strengthen achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2016 IAS Governing Council elections results
NEWS - 23 May 2016
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 IAS Governing Council Elections. We would like to thank the members for your commitment and engagement in the elections. A total of 1,675 votes were received, which means that 22.1% of all members eligible to vote participated in the elections.