JSI’s Sharon Stash shares lessons learned from the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome Participants at last month’s International AIDS Society Conference in Rome were energized by positive findings on new biomedical HIV prevention interventions. Thirty years of dedicated work have resulted in the HPTN052 trial’s promise of HIV treatment as prevention and in positive…

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This post is a response to the various comments received to the original post with the above title available here. I want to thank Cheryl Overs, Thierry Schaffauser and Calum Bennachie for their comments to my summary of the sessions I attended at IAS 2011 concerning sex workers. I am glad this point of police intervention has had…

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A new study presented at the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome found that women who take hormonal contraceptives are at a greater risk of acquiring HIV and transmitting it to their male partners than women who do not take hormonal contraceptives.  The study, conducted by the University of Washington, included 3790 serodiscordant couples from…

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Last week at the International AIDS Society conference, researchers presented amazing new evidence proving the efficacy of treatment as prevention. The study, HPTN 052, showed a 96 percent reduction in sexual transmission of HIV between serodiscordant couples when the infected partner initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART) early. Conference delegates were overjoyed; years of research had finally…

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This is a guest blog by Crystal Lander and Susan Sainz of Management Sciences for Health and was co-published on their blog, Global Health Impact. ROME — MSH and Global Health Council hosted a session at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference in Rome, entitled “Zeroing out New Infections through Prevention Tools and Technologies.” The speakers included Dr.…

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This is a guest blog by Shungu Gwarinda, programme officer for mothers2mothers of South Africa, one of the Global Health Council members present at the Sixth IAS Conference in Rome. ROME — Undoubtedly, the evidence shared at the IAS Conference in developing more efficacious biomedical interventions to reduce HIV incidence rejuvenated the push for even greater investment…

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This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy. ROME  — Three years after the voluntary medical male circumcision (MC) campaign rolled out in the Orange Farm Township in South Africa, the first “real world” results are available showing a marked reduction of HIV acquisition…

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Dr. Gitau Mburu shows importance of targeting at risk populations The just concluded IAS conference in Rome this week has seen an unprecedented call for treatment as prevention for HIV. This comes in the wake of new data from the HPTN 052 trial results showing that HIV positive people who take combination antiretroviral therapy can reduce the…

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This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy. ROME  — There was some consensus among the Tuesday opening plenary speakers at the 2011 International AIDS Society Conference – there are many challenges to effective HIV prevention and antiretroviral therapy (ART) deployment. Dr. Peter Piot,…

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This is a guest blog by Lisa Chensvold of the University of North Carolina Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and was co-published on their blog. ROME  — For the past two months, things have been pretty crazy around our institute. On May 12, we announced the results of a couples’ HIV prevention study well…

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