Category Archives: IAS_Conference_Capetown

2009 International AIDS Conference, Cape Town

Another Blow to the Quest for Effective Biomedical HIV Prevention Strategies

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This post is from Center Director Christine Lubinski, who reported from the 2009 IAS conference. The IAS conference may be over, but we have a late-breaking post and an important one at that: the disappointing results from a major study examining whether treatment for herpes could help reduce the risk of HIV transmission in discordant […]

IAS: Investment in HIV Programs Has Many Good Side Effects

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As the 5th IAS Conference drew to a close, the society released a broad-brush statement summarizing some of the scientific and policy highlights of the meeting. The bottom line is that money spent treating and preventing HIV in the developing world also helps improve health and strenghten health systems. This is no small point at a […]

Cahn Addresses the Latest (Hot-Button) HIV Treatment Topics

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting from the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. Pedro Cahn, president of Huésped Foundation, an Argentinean AIDS organization involved in HIV/AIDS clinical research, prevention and care, offered a refreshingly candid and provocative HIV treatment update as the second plenary speaker at the IAS conference today. Cahn, […]

HIV/TB Co-infection–The Deadly Duo Take Center Stage at IAS

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting from the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. World renowned HIV/TB expert Dr. Gerry Friedland, a professor of medicine at Yale and a member of the Global Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee, opened this morning’s plenary session at the 2009 IAS conference by highlighting important operational research […]

Prioritize Fighting AIDS…or Health System Strengthening…Or Both?

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Last night I attended a session here in Cape Town that addressed the controversial issue of to what extent HIV/AIDS programs have helped strengthen the delivery of non-AIDS health services in developing countries. This has been a hot topic in the global health debate, in the wake of last-month’s release of a WHO-led study of […]

Aggressive New Approaches Needed on PMTCT

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting from the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. Dramatic scale-up and innovative approaches are critically needed to improve prevention of mother-to-child transmission, Elaine Abrams, of Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, said at an IAS conference session on PMTCT today. In a […]

More Money for Health, and More Health for the Money

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This post is by Center Director Christine Lubinski, who is attending the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town. Getting the most bang for your buck may be a cliché, but it’s probably a good one for these hard economic times. Stefano Bertozzi, founding director of the Division of Health Economics & Policy at Mexico’s National […]

MSF Report: ARV Shortage in Africa Threatens Progress on Global AIDS

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Just before the 2009 International AIDS conference got underway, Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) released a report detailing HIV drug shortages in Africa that could threaten to unravel the fragile gains made in recent years putting patients on treatment across the developing world. The MSF report says that “disruptions in the supply of anti-retroviral […]

At IAS Opening, a Call for Scientists to be Activists, as Global AIDS Battle Hits Difficult Terrain

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  Note: The Center for Global Health Policy will be live blogging from the International AIDS conference in Cape Town. At the bottom of this post is more information on the session and how to get the latest news.  At the opening of the 2009 IAS conference in Cape Town today, Stephen Lewis, co-director of AIDS Free […]