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Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post

Posted 19 mars 2012, 10:09 , by Elly Katabira, IAS President

In their fascinating excerpt on the origins of the AIDS epidemic [“…And the World Got the AIDS Epidemic,” Feb. 28], Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin argue that timing played a key role in the initial spread of the virus. They note that without a perfect storm of events between the 1880s and 1920s, HIV may never have made it out of the forests of Cameroon. What those of us who work on the global AIDS response know is that much like then, timing is also key now: decades of innovative research, on-the-ground experience and tenacious advocacy have created many of the treatment and prevention tools we need to turn the tide on HIV. Historically, we are at a pivotal moment, and world leaders now have the opportunity before them to bring the epidemic to its end. More...

How ICASA 2011 and AIDS 2012 can signpost the way to zero new HIV infections

Posted 01 d├ęcembre 2011, 09:22 , by Elly Katabira, IAS President

From the early days of the HIV epidemic, the unique nature of the International AIDS Conference and its power to mobilize governments, scientists and the international media, while bringing hope and support to people living with HIV, has played a crucial role in shaping the course of HIV and AIDS.

Looking back, the International AIDS Conferences are signposts in the history of the epidemic, showing us not only where we went, but where we should have gone. Since the very first International AIDS Conference in Atlanta in 1985, when the scientists and public health officials grappling with how to respond to the emerging HIV epidemic gathered together to present an overview of knowledge about the disease, the conference has provided the platform needed to effectively respond to the pressing scientific, economic, social and political contexts of the day. More...