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Global Scientific Strategy Towards an Cure to be Presented at Pre-conference Symposium

Posted 20 July 2012, 04:53 A, by Conference Secretariat

By Marie-Capucine Penicaud, Towards an HIV Cure project manager

On 20 and 21 July, in the lead-up to AIDS 2012,theInternational AIDS Society (IAS) will convene a basic and clinical science symposium presenting the Global Scientific Strategy Towards an Cure.

The strategy was launched today by the IAS and its partners, following publication in Nature Reviews Immunology, amid renewed optimism from the world´s leading HIV/AIDS scientists that the future prospects for finding an HIV cure are increasing.  

The symposium programme is articulated around the seven key priority research areas identified by a group of 34 leading HIV scientists and clinicians to develop the Global Scientific Strategy (see table). More...

Building on Breakthroughs, Exploring Implementation: AIDS 2012 and the Latest Science

Posted 19 July 2012, 08:07 A, by Guest

By Sten Vermund, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, and Director, Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

With final preparations underway for AIDS 2012, the world’s spotlight will soon turn to Washington, D.C., for this important conference as it returns to the United States for the first time since 1990. As local scientific partners, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), along with the IDSA/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy, looks forward to the broad array of HIV clinicians, researchers, public health officials, advocates and many others who will gather in D.C. More...

AIDS 2012: In a Watershed Year, Breakthroughs Await

Posted 14 July 2012, 07:23 A, by Guest

By David Wilson*, World Bank's Global AIDS Program Director

When the International AIDS Conference was last held in Washington, D.C. in 1987, Ronald Reagan was U.S. president, the Soviet Union stood, a wall scarred a divided Berlin and China’s economy was roughly the size of Spain’s. The wider world – and the AIDS epidemic – has changed more than anyone foresaw.

The conference returns to Washington in a watershed year. AIDS remains the greatest infectious disease challenge of our age: more than 65 million people infected and 30 million deaths since the epidemic began, and roughly three million new infections and two million deaths a year.  More...

Getting to the heart of the matter: People, Systems and Change

Posted 13 July 2012, 08:11 P, by Guest

By Daniel A. Townsend, International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) Programme Officer

I have always been sensitive to euphemisms and narratives, especially those which, when used correctly, capture a moment that creates further momentum and progress in responding to an issue.

On the theme of this year’s International AIDS Conference, Turning the Tide Together, I will admit I am slightly indifferent. This is not to say that is not a bold and powerful statement.  It strikes an authoritative tone and it could be exactly the kind of get-it-together-now message that we need. Over thirty years into the epidemic, we can now see tangible outcomes of all our hard work. We have had three decades of twiddling with declarations, designing programmes, identifying and naming groups of people. And we have had successes.More...

Research, Policy, and Practice Meet at the Community & Science Speak Networking Zone in the Global Village

Posted 12 July 2012, 11:35 P, by Conference Leadership

By Diane Havlir, AIDS 2012 U.S. Co-Chair; Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Chief, HIV/AIDS Division & Positive Health Program, San Francisco General Hospital; and Chair, HIV-TB Work Group, Stop TB Partnership

 AIDS 2012 will provide a great opportunity to interact with HIV clinicians, researchers, advocates, activists, and others from across the globe. Join the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)/HIVMA Center for Global Health Policy, and STOP AIDS NOW! to share your knowledge and expertise, and to learn, network and collaborate. Visit Networking Zone 821 in the Global Village and enjoy our interactive program as we bridge the gap between science, policy, and practice. 
 
On Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday during AIDS 2012, STOP AIDS NOW! will share  concrete tools and offer sessions on: prevention More...