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TB and HIV: Nothing about us without us

TB and HIV: Nothing about us without us

By Linda-Gail Bekker, President of the International AIDS Society, and José Luis Castro, Executive Director of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease When it comes to tuberculosis (TB) control, the world is falling short. Despite being a curable disease, TB is the cause of one-third of the 1.5 million AIDS deaths each year and continues to kill an estimated 1.7 million people and infect another 10 million each year. In over some three decades working in TB control, betw...
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Getting to GIPA 2.0

Getting to GIPA 2.0

Bruno Spire is a researcher living with HIV and a senior scientist at the French National Institute for Medical Research (INSERM). Bruno has been a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) since 2008 and has been on the IAS Governing Council for the European region since 2016. Since 1988, he has been a member of AIDES, the main nongovernmental HIV organization in France, and he is now honorary President. Bruno is a scientist, but more so, he is an advocate on HIV community-based research. ...
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Time for a GIPA refresh

Time for a GIPA refresh

By Laurel Sprague, Executive Director of The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) Perhaps the single most important characteristic of the AIDS response – one that holds lessons about efforts to address other health challenges – is the central contribution of people living with HIV and those in the communities who have borne the brunt of HIV, including LGBTI people, sex workers, and people who use drugs. For no other health problem has the involvement of affected individuals played ...
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The future of research: HIV cure and cancer

The future of research: HIV cure and cancer

By Geneviève Almouzni, Director of the Institut Curie Research Center and CNRS Research Director As the second leading cause of death globally, cancer is a serious global health problem, accounting for 8.8 million deaths in 2015 alone. Across the world, scientists are collaborating to develop effective treatments and tools to combat this disease and save lives, making remarkable advances. In the long search for innovative ways to achieve a cure or remission for HIV, a rigorous analysis of thes...
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The key priorities that need UN action

The key priorities that need UN action

By Owen Ryan, IAS Executive Director The United Nations was born in 1945 to help maintain peace and resolve global conflicts. The founding documents of the UN recognized that peace involves much more than the lack of warfare. A world living in peace is one in which people have the tools they need to live happy, healthy and productive lives. A peaceful world is one in which our natural environment is protected and our fundamental human rights respected and celebrated. It is a world that is just...
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Unleashing the potential of youth to fight HIV

Unleashing the potential of youth to fight HIV

By Marijke Wijnroks, Interim Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Despite the progress made against HIV, with tens of millions of people receiving lifesaving drugs and declines in infection rates, we now face the challenge of accelerating and sustaining these gains, especially among young people. It’s not easy to navigate adolescence under the best of circumstances. But in places with high prevalence of poverty and HIV, all the challenges are magnified...
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IAS 2017: A week in review

IAS 2017: A week in review

It’s been an extraordinary week for HIV science. An extraordinary week for the HIV response. As 6,000 researchers, advocates, policy makers, funders and community leaders begin their journeys home from the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, here’s a quick summary of some of what made news inside the Palais des Congrès this past week and got news editors around the world talking too: 1. The future is injectable, as treatment for HIV and its co-infecti...
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