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 Converging roads between HIV and cancer research

Converging roads between HIV and cancer research

By Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, International AIDS Society Past President and Co-Chair of the IAS Towards an HIV Cure initiative, Steven Deeks, Co-Chair of the IAS HIV Cure & Cancer Forum, Sharon Lewin, Co-Chair of the IAS HIV Cure & Cancer Forum, and Anna Laura Ross, Towards an HIV Cure Research Consultant.   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, virolo...
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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). Originally from Ecuador, Liaam emigrated to the United States in 2012 to live freely and openly as a transgender woman and to work towards advan...
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Putting people at the centre of ART delivery

Putting people at the centre of ART delivery

“The amount of time we spend at the health facility in the queues – a queue for triage, a queue for the nurse, a queue at the pharmacy and a queue for the labs – it's too much time. I want to come to the facility only twice a year... I have a life to live.” – Patricia Asero Achieng, person living with HIV in Kenya   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 un...
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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. Françoise was elected to the International AIDS Society (IAS) Governing Council in 2006 and served as President from 201...
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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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