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Five ways to empower the next generation of youth leaders in the HIV response

Five ways to empower the next generation of youth leaders in the HIV response

There is still an immense gap when it comes to addressing the needs of young people in the HIV epidemic. With 35% of all new HIV infections around the world occurring among young people aged 15 to 24, more needs to be done. At the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), we saw the impact of providing young people with the platform to speak truth to power as leaders in the HIV field. This International Youth Day, we asked young people working in the field of HIV to share the five steps we...
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Sex, HIV and taboo: Overcoming HIV in conservative settings

Sex, HIV and taboo: Overcoming HIV in conservative settings

“In our culture, when someone wants to go and buy condoms, they feel they can’t. Even when you go to shops and they have condoms, it is not easy to get them.” – Maryam, a 22-year old from Zanzibar   HIV, sex and sexuality continue to remain social and cultural taboos in many regions of the world. In Zanzibar, Tanzania, the HIV epidemic is concentrated among young people, including those from key populations (in particular men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and sex workers)...
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The inclusion of all populations

The inclusion of all populations

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. The political resolution which finally emerged was weak on inclusion, and arguably a setback for our global efforts to end AIDS. But then, Ambassador Debbie Birx, the United States President’s Eme...
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The highs and lows of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

The highs and lows of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

Last week, at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS, 193 member states adopted the Political Declaration (Declaration) on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030. Ideally, the Declaration should serve as a cornerstone that demonstrates the global political commitment to ending one of the most significant epidemics of our time. Unfortunately, many issues remained largely unaddressed in th...
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The International AIDS Society at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

The International AIDS Society at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

As a membership-based organization, these major global policy meetings, require strong International AIDS Society (IAS) engagement to speak up on critical issues that our members face. With that in mind, a number of IAS Members and partners were part of country delegation teams. This, together with IAS partnering with other civil society organizations, had the ability to influence and advocate on a number of key issues at the following meetings: Side Event: The end of AIDS as a global health thr...
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Adopted Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections

Adopted Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections

Last week at the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA), the Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), 2016-2021 were formally adopted on 28 May.  This is an important milestone as the three strategies are fully aligned with supporting the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include targets to end the HIV epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 and to combat viral hepatitis and other communicable diseases, includi...
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How to meet the first-ever global hepatitis targets

How to meet the first-ever global hepatitis targets

By Sébastien Morin, International AIDS Society, Eliot Ross Albers, Independent (formerly at the International Network of People Who Use Drugs), and Jürgen Rockstroh, University of Bonn   “For 2030, the first-ever global hepatitis targets are the reduction of hepatitis B and C infections by 90% and mortality by 65%, through universal coverage with prevention, testing and treatment services.” – Gottfried Hirnschall, World Health Organization   The first-ever global targets on viral hepati...
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