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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

The first-ever global targets on viral hepatitis were adopted at the 69th World Health Assembly last week. These targets include:
  • Reduce new cases of chronic hepatitis by 30% (2020) and 90% (2030) (baseline 2015). Reduce from 6-10 million new cases in 2015 to < 1 million in 2030
  • Reduce hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) mortality by 10% (2020) and 90% (2030) (baseline 2015). Reduce from 1.4 million deaths in 2015 to < 500,000 deaths in 2030
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Men, boys, and HIV: Removing barriers to accessing services

Men, boys, and HIV: Removing barriers to accessing services

Despite improved health prospects for people living with HIV (PLHIV), young people are still falling through the gaps of HIV services. Stigma, discrimination, prohibitive laws and a lack of targeted services are responsible for leaving young people behind in the fight against AIDS. In Zambia, the HIV epidemic is mature and persistent; HIV prevalence has remained largely unchanged since the mid-nineties at the height of the epidemic. Unlike women, boys and men have fewer entry points to access H...
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Less paperwork means more time to accelerate HIV remission research

Less paperwork means more time to accelerate HIV remission research

By Anna Laura Ross, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, David Margolis, Guido Silvestri and Stephen Mason   We like to think of researchers as being able to dive straight into their lab experiments immediately following a ‘eureka’ moment of inspiration.  If only that were true; unfortunately, researchers, like professionals in many other fields, often confront some substantial administrative, legal and paperwork challenges in completing their daily tasks – in this case, in transforming hypotheses int...
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A linked agenda for women and girls: Uniting HIV and SRHR responses

A linked agenda for women and girls: Uniting HIV and SRHR responses

By IAS Member Dr. Lynn Collins of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)   Embedded in the challenging Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) platform for action are the hopes and needs of girls and women. Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are at the forefront of realizing these aspirations. The Women Deliver 4th Global Conference and 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) provide a prime opportunity to galvanize overdue support to guarantee the “health, rights, and gen...
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