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Couples counselling can improve effectiveness of HIV treatment as prevention

July 23, 2014 - aidsmap.com.

Research conducted in Zambia has found that couples voluntary counselling and testing (CVCT) can reduce HIV incidence rates within relationships.

CVCT involves couples being counselled together when considering an HIV test, testing together, and having post-test counselling together.

Approximately 150,000 couples have received CVCT in Lusaka, Zambia.

Data presented to the conference showed that CVCT reduced HIV incidence in couples and...

HIV disclosure: changing ourselves, changing others

July 22, 2014 - openDemocracy.

by Martha Tholanah
    
One of the themes at this week's International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, is the testing and treatment of children. In Zimbabwe as elsewhere there are high numbers of children growing up with HIV who have not been diagnosed and in whom the disease is therefore advancing without check. A recently published study in Zimbabwe by the London School...

AIDS 2014: Where are the women we need to step up the pace?

July 18, 2014 - openDemocracy.

by Susan Paxton

As the representative for the International Community of Women living with HIV on the Conference Coordinating Committee for AIDS2014, my aim over the past two years was to get as many women living with HIV from as diverse backgrounds as possible onto the International AIDS Conference programme.  I have been successful in terms of the plenaries and symposia, with over...

WRI member activities at AIDS 2014

July 18

Final Panel: Center for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales/Australia Research Center in Sex, Health, and Society, La Trobe University Affiliated Event: Social Research and the Response to HIV--Legacy and Future; (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm), William Angliss Centre, 555 La Trove Street. (Judy Auerbach)

July 19

MSMGF Pre-Conference Community Based Participatory Research Session: How to Walk the Walk Not Just Talk the Talk; (11:00 am...

HIV: a call for solidarity with the transgender community

July 19, 2014 - openDemocracy.

by Cecilia Chung

For the first time the transgender community is hosting a Transgender Networking Zone in the Global Village at the International AIDS Conference opening this weekend in Melbourne. Titled "Trans People Step Forward!", the zone is coordinated by a consortium of organizations including the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, the Global Network of People Living with HIV, RED...

AIDS 2014 Conference: stepping up the pace and still on the wrong path

July 18, 2014 - openDemocracy.

by Alice Welbourn

Scientists, politicians, policy-makers, academics, doctors, celebrities – and those few activists who can afford it – are gathering for the 20th World AIDS Conference which opens in Melbourne this weekend. Meeting to discuss the global pandemic, it is already apparent that the theme and objectives offer nothing new in the global response to AIDS, other than...

Amidst Sadness, AIDS 2014 to Proceed as Global HIV Community Mourns Lost Leaders

July 18, 2004 - TheBodyPro.com by Julie "JD" Davids

A time of much anticipated excitement for the global HIV community has instead become a day of mourning, even as the leaders of the AIDS 2014 conference vow to proceed with the gathering in honor of comrades who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 yesterday.

A statement from conference hosts International AIDS Society explains that "In...

Statement re Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

The Well Project joins the entire HIV community in mourning the loss of life from the Malaysia Air flight yesterday, and devastated by the news that many AIDS researchers, advocates, and delegates en route to AIDS 2014 were on board. Joep Lange was a vital and long-standing force in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, inspiring countless others to both enter the field and persevere in their efforts. The world has...

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AIDS 2014 Webinar Series: UNAIDS, Targets and Civil Society - October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00am ET
via AVAC

Whether or not you were able to attend AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, you probably have questions about what happened - and what it all meant. As part of our Research & Reality series, AVAC has organized a webinar series focused on issues raised at AIDS 2014 that will give you a chance to ask these questions...

AIDS 2014 Webinar Series: Data and Uncertainty - October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00am ET
via AVAC

Whether or not you were able to attend AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, you probably have questions about what happened - and what it all meant. As part of our Research & Reality series, AVAC has organized a webinar series focused on issues raised at AIDS 2014 that will give you a chance to ask these questions...

AIDS 2014 Webinar Series: State of the Art HIV Cure - September 3, 2014

September 3, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00am ET

via AVAC

Have you registered yet? Don't miss the latest on cure research and HIV eradication on AVAC's upcoming webinar - State of the Art HIV Cure: Where are we now and where are we going?. The webinar features one of the leaders in the field and AIDS 2014 plenary speaker, Jintanat Ananworanich, from the US Military HIV Research Program and Thai Red...

Preventing HIV: the decriminalisation of sex work

August 11, 2014 - openDemocracy.

A new bill, together with moves by some police departments in American cities to end the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution, has given hope to activists fighting to reduce the spread of HIV, secure human rights for sex workers, and to decriminalize sex work.

by Aziza Ahmed and J.M. Kirby

At the recent International AIDS Conference, The Lancet...

NIH's Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Shares Final Thoughts from AIDS 2014

July 25, 2014 - AIDS.gov

by Miguel Gomez

As the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) drew to a close in Melbourne, Australia, we asked Dr. Carl Dieffenbach from NIH/NIAID to provide a summary of conference highlights.

Dr. Dieffenbach recognized the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, a loss deeply felt by those in the worldwide HIV community. Continue reading...

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Women with HIV fight crushing injustice of forcible sterilisation

South African delegate to Aids 2104 conference tells of bitterness at forced procedure and struggle for rights

July 25, 2014 - The Guardian

by Melissa Davey

When Sthembiso Mthembu was just 22, she was forcibly sterilised.

The South African human rights activist, now 39, had gone to hospital extremely unwell. Doctors diagnosed her with a cervical cyst needing immediate surgery. But they refused to operate unless she...

The Return of the Female Condom

July 24, 2014 - Black AIDS Daily.

by Kali Villarosa

Whatever happened to the female condom?

Introduced to the United States in 1993, many public health experts believed this product a "game changer" in contraceptive options, the new alternative to male condom use. Like a male condom, the female condom protects women from sexually transmitted infections, and the small polyurethane pouch, inserted in the vagina prior to sexual activity, gives...

Women who use drugs: resistance and resilience in the face of HIV

July 24, 2014 - openDemocracy.

by Silvia Petretti

One of the key themes of this year's International AIDS conference is the centrality of involving key populations in the response to HIV, and to address many of the challenges they face, especially at a legal and policy level. The World Health Organisation defines key populations as 'men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs and...

WRI member, Dr. Gina Brown from NIH's Office of AIDS Research, Reflects on HIV Among Women and Girls at AIDS 2014

NIH's Dr. Gina Brown Reflects on HIV Among Women and Girls - Highlights from AIDS 2014

July 24, 2014 - AIDS.gov.

by Miguel Gomez

Addressing HIV/AIDS among women and girls was a key focus area of many sessions at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. Presenters covered such important topics as HIV prevention interventions for women and girls, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and enhancing HIV...

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