TOWARDS A CURE – IAC 2014…..

The 2014 International AIDS Conference may have come to a close, but the messages and presentations which emanated from the conference will continue to be very vital in the global HIV/AIDS response.

A big thank you to the organizers of the  International AIDS conference for ensuring that people who could not attend have access to resource materials from the conference.

Here’s a video from one of the Press Conferences (Towards a cure); a key topic of discourse was the story of a Mississippi child scientists thought was “cured” of HIV but now has detectable levels of virus in her blood.

What does this twist in HIV treatment reveal for researchers, clinicians, and advocates going forward?

Find out in the video below (Courtesy of IAC 2014 YouTube Page):

PHOTOS FROM INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE…

The International AIDS Conference is currently ongoing in Melbourne, Australia and there have been great plenary sessions and of course tons of pictures.

The International AIDS Conference has been keeping everyone informed and sharing photos from the events, through their social media outlets.

Here are some of the photos (Courtesy International AIDS Conference 2014)

 

Bill Clinton Candle light HIV is not a Crime IAC 2 IAC 3 IAC March IAC session award Honor & Hope

For more IAC photos and resource materials , please visit : https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAIDSConference

UPDATE FROM THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE…..

The International AIDS Conference officially kicked off on Sunday, 20th July 2014 in what can be tagged a sombre ceremony. A minute silence was observed for HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates who were killed when MH17 was missiled down on July 17th, 2014.

 

After honoring the dead , opening remarks and keynote addresses were given, which set the tone for the 5 days deliberation on  global HIV/AIDS response. In order to keep you informed , we have compiled some excerpts from the first day of the Conference: 

 

 “My wish is that we continue to be inspired by these wonderful people”Lambert Grijns (Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & HIV/AIDS)

We dedicate #AIDS2014 to our slain colleagues” Francoise Barre-Sinoussi (Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine)

“We need to step up the pace, Let’s show the world that neither brutality nor hatred can stop us” – Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

“HIV cannot be solved by Science alone. We need people living with HIV in response” – Ayu Oktariani

“All people living with HIV must be treated with respect and dignity as human beings” – Ayu Oktariani

“Even a single child born with HIV means we need to do more”Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)

“My vision for ending AIDS- voluntary testing and treatment reaching everyone everywhere”Michel Sidibe (UNAIDS Executive Director)

“Now more than ever, we must concentrate our resources where most needed”– Michel Sidibe (UNAIDS Executive Director)

“I am calling for the end to AIDS by 2030” – Michel Sidibe (UNAIDS Executive Director)

“We must stop hypocrisy and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights” – Michel Sidibe (UNAIDS Executive Director)

“We need universal sexual and reproductive health education” – Michel Sidibe (UNAIDS Executive Director)

“There is simply not enough barbed wire in our world for quarantine to protect us against HIV”Honorable Michael Kirby

“There is no place for Stigma and Discrimination”– Warren Truss (Deputy Prime Minister of Australia)

“We must continue to invest, innovate, collaborate and partner with Communities” –  Sharon Lewin

Also worthy of mention is : Tanzanian Yohan Haule created the official logo (Footprints) of the IAC 2014 and Mr. Paul Semugoma won the Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights award.

We will bring you updates from the conference as it progresses.

 

 Aids 2014 symposium in Melbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIV HELPLINE….

Do you need someone to talk to about your HIV status?

Are you having problems dealing with disclosure?

Do you need help locating treatment centers and facilities?

Do you have general questions about HIV/AIDS or how you can join the Cause?

 

Then you can call the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) hotline : 6222

 

GLOBAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE…

From the Executive Director, International AIDS Society…

Global Moment of Remembrance

Sunday July 20th, 2014

7:00 pm (Melbourne), 11:00 am (Amsterdam)

 

Dear colleagues,

 

Since the earliest days of the fight against AIDS, we as a community have understood the importance of taking time to remember and recognize the loss of our loved ones. This Sunday, at the start of the opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, we will honor those who died on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 through a special tribute delivered by their friends and colleagues.

I’m writing to ask you to join us wherever you are in this global moment of remembrance. Please take time to pause from your day and gather with colleagues and loved ones. Share this message with those in your community and share your remembrances on the AIDS 2014 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAIDSConference 

Sincerely,

Owen

Executive Director

The International AIDS Society