The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals. Together we advocate and drive urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV.


The #IASONEVOICE is a grassroots campaign highlighting the stories, opinions, and perspectives of IAS Members. We are over 12,000 voices strong made up of members from over 170 countries. We are researchers and clinicians, policy and programme planners, public health and community practitioners, dealing daily with the human devastation of AIDS.

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40 years of AIDS: Growing old with HIV

IAS Member Vincent Crisostomo shares his experience of living with HIV for more than three decades. From being a cocktail waiter in New York in 1984 and given six months to live, Vincent, now 60, is Director of Aging Services at San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

From anger to activism: A journey that has saved millions of lives

Life-saving HIV treatment was available in the US as early as 1987, but people in countries like South Africa had to wait much longer. IAS Member Vuyiseka Dubula was diagnosed with HIV in South Africa in 2001 – and was one of many people denied treatment.

Turning up the volume so that young people are heard

The voices of young people in the global South have been ignored in the response to HIV. IAS Young Leader Yusuf Hassan Wada from Nigeria is determined to change that.

I travelled home next to my coffin to die

Moses Supercharger is well known as a musician and DJ in Uganda. He says he went through a time of fire when he tested positive for HIV. Then he forged his way through stigma and myth to become an HIV cure advocate.

Born with HIV: My beautiful story

Born with HIV, Doreen found out about her status only when she was 13. Stigma and treatment fatigue made her keep it a secret and stop treatment for two years. Doreen is now a social media influencer based in Nairobi, Kenya, and founder of the I AM A BEAUTIFUL STORY YouTube channel.

On the frontlines: Celebrating nurses and midwives

The World Health Assembly has named 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to honour these unsung heroes who often work in difficult conditions to deliver healthcare. In this series, five IAS Members share their experiences from the frontlines of the response to HIV and now also COVID-19.

U=U: The power is in the message

Brent Allan has been working in the response to HIV for over 30 years, starting as a 19-year-old volunteer at the local AIDS council in Edmonton, Canada, and now a global civil society representative on the IAS’s Industry Liaison Forum.

Leaders of today: International Youth Day

Youth leadership is critical to the HIV response with around 5500 young women aged 15–24 years acquiring HIV every week, according to UNAIDS data. This International Youth Day, we spoke with young leaders from across the world.

Life on the edge: COVID-19 and HIV in India

In late March 2020, the government of India ordered a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. Measures taken by the government, such as a ban on public transport and authorization to travel for medical supplies, caused many challenges for people living with HIV – especially those living in the poorest areas

COVID-19 and HIV in Bangladesh: Challenges on the frontline

Maruf Hasan gives his account from the frontlines of the COVID-19 response in Bangladesh, highlighting the impact the pandemic is having on people living with HIV and the effect on his life.

COVID-19 weighs on South Africa’s HIV and TB burden

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing much uncertainty around the world, including for people living with and affected by HIV. South Africa has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world: some 7.7 million people live with HIV and more than 5 million access treatment.

Sex, Parenting And Living With HIV: Life In Lockdown

Being a mother living with HIV can be challenging at the best of times and even more so in lockdown

What happened in Wuhan: HIV services in the coronavirus outbreak

People living with HIV faced double pressures. They were more scared that the general population because they felt more vulnerable and those not on treatment or not virally surpressed may have a compromised immune system.

Sex, work, life and HIV

Five current and former sex workers discuss their personal experiences of sex work, how they navigate the challenges of HIV and their individual journeys towards empowerment

After the earthquake: Challenges to TB and HIV care in Haiti

Jean William “Bill” Pape was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He studied medicine in the United States and specialized in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Swipe right: Young people dating and living with HIV

Almost 220 million people globally use online dating services. In a world where more and more people meet partners virtually, how and when do you disclose your HIV status?

The search for an effective vaccine

Eugene Ruzagira grew up 50km outside Uganda’s capital, Kampala and has studied community health and epidemiology.

The law versus key populations

In contexts where key populations are criminalized, those implementing key population programmes are often at risk of arrest and violence for their work.

HIV prevention for the next generation

In this special interactive interview, Nduku highlights the key factors that make young people, particularly women and girls, vulnerable to HIV and how to address those challenges.

My journey to a TB cure

Noludwe Mabandlela, 40, is an IAS Member and assistant researcher from Cape Town, South Africa. She became a tuberculosis (TB) advocate after her own diagnosis in 2017.

Youth engagement in HIV activism

In this Then and now series, six activists across generations share how living with HIV shaped their personal journeys toward activism. Each person reflects on how to build and sustain the work of HIV activism.

Our own best advocates

Dasha Matyushina is a Policy Reform Advisor at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, which strives for progressive human rights-based drug policy, sustainable funding advocacy and quality client-centred harm reduction services for people who use drugs.

What do the SDGs mean to me?

Jeffry Acaba is a Programme Officer for APCASO, an Asia-Pacific civil society network of community-based and non-governmental organizations on HIV, health, and social justice, with a focus on advocacy and community capacity development.

Patients versus patents

Leena Menghaney is a coordinator of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign in India and an IAS Member. She began her work on access to HIV treatment with the Lawyers Collective as part of its legal aid unit assisting people living with HIV.

Women in science

We asked five women at different stages of their career paths and from various countries and backgrounds to share their experiences and insights into being a female scientist.

When HIV is criminalized

Rosemary Namubiru is a 67-year-old nurse living with HIV. She is a mother, grandmother and IAS Member. She was wrongfully accused of intentionally exposing a child to HIV while administering an injection in January 2014.

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 is a scientist, but more so, he is an advocate on HIV community-based research.

A country on the brink

In the midst of the current crisis in Venezuela, two International AIDS Society (IAS) Members are sharing what’s happening on the ground within the country in this special edition of #IASONEVOICE

Living with HIV

The first AIDS-related deaths were reported in the United States on 5 June 1981. Thirty-six years later, there are almost 37 million people living with HIV. Today, seven of these people share their personal stories.

Testing on the front lines

Garry Kuchel is a registered nurse with more than 26 years of experience. He has been an IAS Member since 2014. Garry currently works at the M Clinic, a sexual health clinic for men who have sex with men in Perth, Australia.

Standing up for science

The support and investment of the United States has been responsible for some of the most groundbreaking and historic health milestones in the world. To better understand the full ripple effects from the US funding cuts, we talked to three IAS Members and leading scientific researchers.

HIV prevention in the hands of women

Denise van Dijk is a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS), an IAS Industry Liaison Forum Advisory Group member and the President of the Global Public Health Sector division of the Female Health Company (FHC).

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.

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.

Effects of repressive drug policies on HIV

Sergii Dvoriak is co-founder of the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy and has been a member of the IAS since 2007. Through his position, Sergii works on implementing Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) and other evidence-based treatment modalities for people who inject drugs (PWID) in Ukraine.

The forgotten

Dr. Abdul Nasser Kaadan is a physician from Aleppo who has been a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) since 2013. In 2016, Abdul was forced to flee his country and seek refuge in Turkey.

Growing up HIV-positive: From diagnosis to activism

Juliana Odindo is an Advocacy Officer at The International Community of Women Living with HIV Eastern Africa (ICWEA), a regional advocacy network and membership based organization in Uganda that unites and supports girls and women living with HIV.