International AIDS Conference

Here is will you will find the latest information in Vienna coming out on new treatments, and when to start treatments. The conference runs from July 18 - 24.

This section provides you with all the conference-related articles published all in one spot. Other non-conference, including what is found here can be found on my (Brian Finch, founder and publisher) blog, Acid Reflux on PositiveLite.com.

Reporting on the XVIII International AIDS Conference sponsored by Gilead Sciences Canada.

Who are trans women acquiring HIV from? And are trans women's partners a hidden population?

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Is there a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV? From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a study that begs this question and others.

Who are trans women acquiring HIV from? And are trans women's partners a hidden population?

There is a lot we don’t know about trans women’s HIV risk, why they are so vulnerable to HIV and who trans women are acquiring HIV from. A study presented at last month’s 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) attempted to answer these questions, but in the process uncovered another mystery. This is whether there is a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV. On

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part Two: U=U makes a huge splash

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with an insider’s report on how U=U made a huge impression last week in Paris - in the conference centre, on it’s main stage and in the media.

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part Two: U=U makes a huge splash

What people said? Some said that history was made at IAS2017 in Paris last week. I’m too close to the campaign to be objective – I lead the Canadian arm of the Prevention Access Campaign's work – but certainly it was a big week. It was also one where the U=U campaign repeatedly made the news. Important things were said by important people, including by us and about us – people living with HIV. Here are some of the things people said about U=U last week “Scientists never like to

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part One: Conference highlights

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was in Paris last week covering the big IAS conference on HIV Science. Turns out it was the best he had been to and not just because Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) almost stole the show. Here is what else happened.

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part One: Conference highlights

International AIDS Society Conferences come in two sizes. They alternate. Next year will be the big one in Amsterdam which deals with the whole panoply of HIV knowledge, including science and research and more. It will likely attract about 20,000 people. This year’s alternate year conference was just about HIV science, a smaller affair with 8,000 or so of us in attendance from 40 countries with an agenda less community-based. In other words, it was potentially a bit dull. This one certainl

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on evidence from the Opposites Attract study that was presented this week at #IAS2017 in Paris.

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

Image from Opposites Attract study: www.oppositesattract.net.au A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France, was told today. The Opposites Attract study looked at whether HIV is transmitted between gay male couples of different HIV status when the HIV positive partner is on treatment

Paris bound

published: July, 13, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Paris bound Publisher Bob Leahy is off to Paris for IAS 2017. It’s not all fun; here’s what he is looking forward to.

Paris bound

On July 20 I will be leaving the rolling green hills of Northumberland County, a quietly rural patch of Ontario, for the great city of Paris. I am fortunate enough to be representing PositiveLite.com at the International AIDS Society Conference there. (Officially it's called the 9yj IAS Conference on HIV Science.) It will attract some 5,000 attendees. You will see it referred to everywhere as #IAS2017. It will be the fifth international AIDS Conference I’ve had the privilege of covering, p

Applying for any community scholarship? What you should know.

published: May, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Applying for a community scholarship? What you should know. Bob Leahy says it can be a frustrating experience which often leads to the big NO. But, he says, keep trying as persistence can pay off

 Applying for any community scholarship? What you should know.

HIV conferences are not for everyone, but they can be empowering, educational and a great way to interact with other people living with HIV. For those community members – people living with HIV – who would like to attend, though, it’s not easy. Simply put our attendance costs money – for travel and accommodation in particular. If you are not employed in the sector, and even if you are, the way to get there is usually to apply for a community scholarship which will fund your attendance

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Gus Cairns: Seventy per cent of people with HIV-2 progress to AIDS within 20 years

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

HIV-2’s virulence may have been underestimated and although progression to AIDS  and death in HIV-2 infection was slower than with HIV-1, it was the rule rather than the exception, new research from West Africa presented at last month's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) indicates. HIV-2 crossed over into human beings from the sooty mangabey monkey, rather than from chimpanzees and gorillas like HIV-1. Its entry into humans probably precedes that of HIV

STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

published: March, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences

AIDSmap.com's Gus Cairns: Modelling study predicts STI rates will fall with regular testing

STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

A study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) last week in Seattle, showed that PrEP users had very high rates of sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosis – in the order of 20 times higher than among HIV-negative gay men in the general population. There was also an increase in STI diagnoses from a time point a year before they sought PrEP to the date they started it. And the percentage of men r

Realism needed about the benefits and risks of taking part in HIV cure studies

published: September, 16, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International

There is “an ethical imperative to understand the motivations, decision‐making, expectations and comprehension of potential trial participants,” researchers say." From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody explains

Realism needed about the benefits and risks of taking part in HIV cure studies

A significant proportion of people living with HIV would be willing to take part in a study towards a cure for HIV, research presented at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa last month shows. However, some potential participants may not fully understand that taking part in an early-phase study is highly unlikely to afford any personal clinical benefit, but might have the potential to cause harm. There is “an ethical imperative to understand the motiv

The end of the end of AIDS

published: August, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Don't believe the "end of HIV" hype -- the sober truth is that we face a long generational fight against a dogged virus, as David Wilson and Marelize Gorgens of Worldbank.org explain.

The end of the end of AIDS

This article by David Wilson and Marelize Gorgens previously appeared at Worldbank.org here. The recent Durban 2016 International AIDS Conference celebrates the success of AIDS treatment in reducing illness and death. The pall of despair and wasting death that hung over the Durban 2000 International AIDS Conference has truly been lifted. In KwaZulu-Natal, where the conference was held, AIDS treatment has increased community life expectancy by a full 11 years, reversing decades of decline --

Long-acting injectable drugs work well for HIV maintenance therapy

published: August, 19, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports on the promising 48-week results of the LATTE-2 trial

Long-acting injectable drugs work well for HIV maintenance therapy

This article by Liz Highleyman previously appeared at AIDSmap.com here. Two long-acting injectable antiretrovirals – cabotegravir and rilpivirine – administered once every 4 or 8 weeks maintained viral suppression in people who switched regimens with undetectable viral load, according to 48-week results from the LATTE-2 trial presented yesterday at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa. A related qualitative analysis showed that study participants pr

The OHTN's Positive Spaces study wins major award at AIDS2016

published: August, 16, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Media

Award-winning Ontario research study Positive Spaces Healthy Places documented the impact of housing on both the physical and mental health-related quality of life for people living with HIV

The OHTN's Positive Spaces study wins major award at AIDS2016

A study about housing A ground-breaking, community-based Canadian study exploring the relationship between housing and health for people living with HIV has been honoured with the second Robert Carr Research Award. Positive Spaces Healthy Places: HIV, Housing and Health Research in Action – a 5-year longitudinal study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – documented the impact of housing on both the physical and mental health-related quality of life for people living with

At AIDS2016: HIV criminalization takes the world stage

published: August, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors

Health Minister Philpott demands “all Canadians share the blame” for exacerbating the HIV epidemic through HIV criminalization. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports from AIDS2016:

At AIDS2016: HIV criminalization takes the world stage

A message from the Canadian HIV AIDS Legal Network: The international movement against HIV criminalization is growing, with renewed calls for action and advocacy — most recently at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. During a week of discussions, attendees regularly underscored the importance of intersectionality in the global efforts to end the punitive and abusive laws that harm people living with HIV and other marginalized communities, including racialized p

HIV cure research: slow going at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa

published: August, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Conferences, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest Author Robert Reinhard gives a first-hand account of the highlights of AIDS2016 and the HIV Cure Symposium.

HIV cure research: slow going at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa

I attended the recent IAS Durban Conference and the preceding two-day HIV Cure symposium hoping to learn of significant advances in the search for interventions that could place HIV infection into remission with durable immune system control of virus without the need for lifetime antitretroviral therapy (ART). That’s one working definition, among several, of what HIV cure might mean for the 37 million people who currently have HIV. My appetite for progress was not substantially rewarded al

When people living with HIV gathered in Durban: LIVING2016:

published: August, 02, 2016 Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Legal, Guest Authors

An AIDS2016 pre-conference in Durban,South Africa saw 270 people living with HIV, including PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy, meet to discuss some of their priorities. GNP+ reports

When people living with HIV gathered in Durban: LIVING2016:

“LIVING2016 was the greatest experience for me. I met amazing people from different countries and backgrounds who are living positively with HIV. It truly touched me to be in a room full of people, feeling safe and supported to talk about my life with HIV.” It is just one of the many reactions we received from grateful participants of LIVING 2016, the Positive Leadership Summit which took place on 16 and 17 July in Durban, South Africa. 270 people living with HIV from 78 countries contrib

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