Category Archives: IAS 2017

9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science

An IAS 2017 wrap-up: Between unprecedented success and unprecedented threats, HIV fight confronts complacency, apathy — and resistance

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PARIS – For all the more incremental advances and continuing challenges that would be discussed during the days that followed, the report released by UNAIDS before the 9th International AIDS Society conference began in Paris last week offered an irrefutably validating and concrete measure of progress: For the first time since HIV had been recognized, more […]

IAS 2017: In preventable deaths, new infections, study shows “we stand to lose a lot of recent progress” under Trump AIDS funding plan

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PARIS -What would happen if the vision of the U.S. role in the global HIV response articulated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before Congress, and delineated in a Trump administration budget document became reality? A modeling study presented on the last day of IAS 2017  provided a glimpse. To do that, researchers used funding […]

IAS 2017: Pioneering HIV researchers tell how public health leadership started with Fogarty fellowships

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Paris – When Dr. Jean Pape began his medical training in the 1970s, he didn’t see what research could do to solve the problems facing his country. Ranked among the most fragile countries on earth, home to one-sixth of deaths from disasters occurring worldwide, and situated — in the crosswinds of trade and tourism, limited health […]

IAS 2017: Hold the phone — mobile “health wallet” could make prevention, care, and treatment cheaper, better, and accessible

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Paris – Anyone here have their phone turned off? Millicent Olulo asked that question before she started her presentation in a first day session here on mobile technologies and health, and was answered with predictable laughter. Does anyone turn their phone off anymore, or, for that matter take their eyes off it for long? Other […]

IAS 2017: Expanded treatment guidelines expand access to many without harms to those already in care in Zambia

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PARIS – Expanding treatment eligibility under new treatment guidelines in Zambia led to increases in initiation, retention and the percentage of people in care without negative effects on those already in care, a presenter from CIDRZ, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, said today. Aaloke Mody was presenting the findings from a study […]

IAS 2017: Knocking down barriers between services and populations facing highest risks, lowest access, takes time, gathers momentum

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PARIS – From a social worker in Botswana who tackles bureaucracies and prejudice to help her clients get the papers, income, and respect they need to access services, to a Kenyan nurse counselor who told an audience that she has learned to put her professional ethics ahead of her “personal and religious values,” to support […]

IAS 2017: Protests take the stage

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PARIS – It wouldn’t be a conference without a protest. For that matter, there wouldn’t be conferences, if there hadn’t been protests. A proud tradition continues here this week, with protesters Tuesday surrounding Global Fund Interim Director Marike Wijnroks as she offered opening remarks at a session with the theme “Treat All.” Raising signs exhorting: […]

IAS 2017: X-DR TB emerges in 1990s in South Africa fueled by HIV

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PARIS – Extensively drug resistant tuberculosis emerged and was widely transmitted in South Africa long before it was spotted by public health surveillance efforts, and at least a decade earlier than the first reported outbreak in 2005, a  presentation Monday showed. The start of the spread was , concurrent with the steep rise in both HIV and […]

IAS 2017: With resources already stretched, cuts will hurt, global health advocates say

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PARIS – In a year that marks the half-way point to the deadline for ambitious goals to contain and then end the global health impacts of HIV, and when the latest data illustrate the payoff of focused and determined investments, a flat donor landscape has opened a stark view of an alternate reality. Encompassed in […]