Youth engagement in HIV activism
BLOG - 10 August 2018
This year marks the 18th International Youth Day (12 August), first observed by the United Nations General Assembly in recognition of young people as agents of change. In this Then and now series, six activists across generations share how living with HIV shaped their personal journeys toward activism.
“What we really need”: A young person’s perspective
BLOG - 10 August 2018
Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV prevention and care have changed dramatically over the past 45 years. Technological advances in both fields have given women modern birth control methods, including safe abortion services, and ushered in an era of HIV prevention and treatment so effective that a daily pill can provide protection or ensure a long and healthy life.
Working across epidemics: Hepatitis and self-testing
BLOG - 28 July 2018
New research has explored the acceptability of remote testing for hepatitis C among people who use drugs. Just as for HIV testing, remote testing for hepatitis C must go hand in hand with access to treatment.
IAS CIPHER Grants support innovative research to reverse the growing adolescent HIV epidemic
PRESS RELEASE - 22 July 2018
The International AIDS Society’s (IAS’s) Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) will present the 2018 CIPHER Grants to four outstanding early-career investigators working to reverse the high impact of HIV among youth in resource-limited settings.
The Duke of Sussex to attend the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam with Sentebale Youth Advocates from Lesotho and Botswana
NEWS - 9 July 2018
The Duke of Sussex will join Sentebale Let Youth Lead Advocates from Lesotho and Botswana, at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During his two-day visit The Duke will meet with young people, partner organisations and key influential leaders in the HIV response in his capacity as Patron of Sentebale on 23 Monday and 24 Tuesday July 2018.
Our own best advocates
BLOG - 22 June 2018
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.
International AIDS Society announces Kevin Osborne as its new Executive Director
NEWS - 19 June 2018
The International AIDS Society (IAS) today announced the appointment of Kevin Osborne as its new Executive Director. “We are delighted to welcome Kevin as the new Executive Director of the IAS,” IAS President Linda-Gail Bekker said. “Kevin is a true connector who can bring together scientists, advocates, donors and policy makers. He has played a pivotal role in South Africa and on the global stage to advance access to treatment and prevention and better integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health services.”
What do the SDGs mean to me?
BLOG - 18 May 2018
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. He serves as a youth focal point for the organization, coordinating APCASO’s work with the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Young Key Populations, a coalition of UN, civil society, and partners working on HIV and young key populations in Asia and the Pacific.
Accelerating the era of HIV vaccination
BLOG - 18 May 2018
Vaccines are modern miracles. Every year, vaccines save up to 3 million lives worldwide. The measles vaccine alone has saved more than 20 million lives since 2000. Smallpox, a disease that as recently as the 1960s was associated with a death toll comparable to HIV, has now been eradicated as a result of vaccination efforts. Immunization programmes are on the cusp of eliminating polio, and expanded use of the hepatitis B vaccine is contributing to reductions in the global burden of that disease as well.
Dr Brenda Crabtree announced as the Local Scientific Chair of IAS 2019
NEWS - 15 May 2018
The International AIDS Society (IAS) today announced that Dr Brenda Crabtree is the Local Scientific Chair of the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019), taking place in Mexico City, Mexico, on 21-24 July 2019. Dr Crabtree is a staff physician in the Infectious Diseases Department at the National Institute of Health Sciences and Nutrition, Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ) in Mexico City and Assistant Professor of the HIV programme at National Autonomous University of Mexico(UNAM).
Patients versus patents
BLOG - 26 April 2018
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, an India-based human rights organization, as part of its legal aid unit assisting people living with HIV. She was one of the organizers of a 2005 campaign to ensure that India's new patent law included public health safeguards to limit the impact of patents on access to affordable medicines. This is Leena’s story...
Access to medicine: The test of our common humanity
BLOG - 26 April 2018
Perhaps the greatest achievement of the HIV response has been its success in bringing antiretroviral therapy to 20.9 million people (as of June 2017). This historic accomplishment, which in 2016 alone averted 1.2 million deaths, was made possible by actions that led to a 99% decline in the cost of first-line regimens. As a result of these actions, the right to treatment access is broadly recognized.
IAS and AVAC announce new partnership to support high-quality reporting on HIV and AIDS
NEWS - 24 April 2018
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is proud to announce collaboration with AVAC on a new initiativeto support HIV journalism worldwide. The IAS/AVAC Journalist Fellowships will premiere at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018), to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 22-27 July 2018.