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Recap of Thursday, July 24, 2014

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AIDS 2014: Activist Bob Geldof says poverty and HIV inextricably linked

By Cec Busby, GNN – Geldof told delegates at the 20th International AIDS Conference it was “staggeringly brilliant” that the end of the epidemic was in sight but suggested the “preposterous reluctance ” of governments to fund HIV programs in developing countries is “disgraceful”, especially as the journey to the end of the HIV epidemic is “in the last mile”.

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Emerging Conversations


More data suggest increased risk of HIV infection for women using contraceptive injections

By Roger Pebody, NAM aidsmap

A sophisticated meta-analysis, pooling individual-level data on 37,000 women, has found that the use of DMPA injectable hormonal contraception is linked with a higher rate of new HIV infections in women, the AIDS 2014 conference heard today. However, the WHO announced at the same session that its guideline supporting the provision of this contraceptive to women at risk of HIV infection remains unchanged.

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International AIDS Society and ViiV prioritise paediatric HIV research

By International AIDS Society

The International AIDS Society (IAS) is announcing an additional 1.5 million UK pounds funding for its paediatric HIV programme known as CIPHER. The new funding will attempt to address a significant gap in HIV – understanding and advancing new ways to prevent and treat HIV among children in resource limited settings. Despite decades of effort by donors and governments, only 34% of eligible children today 
receive life-saving HIV treatment.

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Addressing the needs of people who have lived with HIV for more than 20 years


With the AIDS epidemic having entered its fourth decade, and given the wider availability of life-saving treatment, there is now a growing number of people who have been living with HIV for 20 years or more. Some have been born with the virus and are surviving into adulthood, while others are members of an aging HIV population. According to a panel discussion on 22 July, much more must be done to include the needs and concerns of both groups in a comprehensive AIDS response. 

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Top Tweets from #AIDS2014

Videos to Inspire

Hope in microbicides for young women in sub-saharan Africa

Zeda Rosenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) highlights young sub-saharan African women as a key population and the importance of microbicides in helping this key population.

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Stigma, discrimination and criminalization fueling the epidemic among drug users

Dr. Eliot Ross Albers, Executive Director of the International Network of People who Use Drugs, discusses the importance of overcoming stigma, discrimination and criminalization for drug users and key populations in general.

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How UNITAID’s HIV/AIDS Response is Evolving

By Philippe Duneton, Executive Director a.i., UNITAID - For those of us involved in the global HIV response, UNITAID’s name is synonymous with innovative ways to raise money: almost 65% of our funds are raised through a small tax on airline tickets in nine countries, including France, Chile, South Korea and several African countries. Many in the AIDS community are also familiar with UNITAID’s work to reduce the prices for pediatric and second-line antiretrovirals, adapted for resource-limited settings.

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Online Medical Education and Information: New Strategies to Overcome the Barriers

By Edward King, Chief Innovation Officer & Samantha Parsons, General Manager, inPractice Africa - The benefits of digital medical education and information are so clear that they have rapidly become the norm in settings where cheap, high-speed, always-on Internet is readily available. Conversely, there is a critical need to find ways to overcome the barriers that prevent all clinicians from sharing in these benefits, regardless of their geographic location and resources.

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Partnering for the Future of HIV Treatment

By Greg Perry, Executive Director, Medicines Patent Pool - The international community has come a long way since the first AIDS conference in 1985. Although we are still waiting for an effective HIV vaccine and a functional cure, ART innovation and scale-up has made a significant difference in changing the landscape of the global response to HIV/AIDS.

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From the Global Village

Global Village highlights from July 23

Video highlights from the Global Village including:

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Fast-tracking the global HIV reponse — Day 5 at AIDS 2014

The theme of the conference today (Thursday 24 July) was ‘making the long term short term’, and today’s activities began with plenary presentations about fast-tracking the global HIV response. Issues discussed included accelerating the development of an HIV vaccine (Antonio Lanzavecchia of Switzerland), advancing the development of HIV prevention technologies (Kenneth Mayer of the US), and improving research about and engagement with transgender people and men who have sex with men (Beatriz Grinsztejn of Brasil, and Laurindo Garcia of the Philippines).

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Coverage by

Video coverage by of Thursday, July 24th includes:

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Edition 5 — July 25

Friday's Program highlights including:

  • Where are we headed?
  • Thirty Years On and What Have We Learnt?: HIV and Ageing
  • Managing Change in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA)
  • Making the Cut: Advancing Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
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AIDS 2014 Live Social Blog

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AIDS 2014 from the Delegates Perspective: #AIDS2014 recap

During the course of the week, delegates at AIDS 2014 captured key events and sessions by tagging their tweets and social media posts with #AIDS2014. The AIDS 2014 Live Social Blog curated these posts to create an archive of the top moments.

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Crowd voices

Voices of the AIDS 2014 volunteer team

By JOY 94.9 — Matt McDonell speaks with some of the many volunteers from around the world that gave up their time to help make AIDS 2014 a success. Hear why they chose to volunteer and what they take away from AIDS 2014.

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Research on key populations leads Botswana to smarter HIV prevention

By Mike Merrigan and Kerry Aradhya, FHI 360 — At approximately 18 percent, the prevalence of HIV in Botswana’s general population is one of the highest in the world. As a result, national HIV prevention efforts have focused more intensively on the general population than on other populations.

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HIV and SRH Integration: It would be criminal not to move from rhetoric to reality​

By IPPF — The results of the Integra Initiative research show that integrating HIV into sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services has an important role to play in addressing the HIV epidemic. The call for integration is still being heard every day from the plenary stage, but there is little more momentum to act now than when it was first mentioned 10 years ago. IPPF argues that it is high time to move beyond the empty rhetoric on integration.​

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Young people must play leading role in HIV advocacy

By Brant Luswata, Key Correspondents Network — Young people must be seen as people who can bring about real and lasting change in their communities, and yet are still often seen as people who cannot do anything good or productive. In Uganda, for example, they cannot take part in any decision-making and their views often go unheard. As a result, young people are suffering and dying because they don’t have the right information about HIV or know where to get HIV and sexual and reproductive health services.​

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More News

Anti-Cancer Drug Helps Detect Dormant Signs of HIV - Science World Report

Concerns Cambodia's fight against HIV/AIDS undermined by funding cuts, government policy - ABC News

South Africa targets screening whole population for AIDS - Yahoo News

Campaigners are now talking openly of beating the AIDS epidemic - The Economist

SPapua New Guinea's Oil Search calls on private sector to support AIDS response - ABC News


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