In late July, I was fortunate to attend the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. Although I have been working actively on HIV/AIDS...
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Eradication of HIV is possible if the world community remains fully committed to funding cost-effective antiretroviral treatment initiatives. Treating our way out is indeed possible.
The biggest news from the 2010 AIDS Conference was no doubt the encouraging results from the trial of a female microbicide gel to block the transmission of HIV.
We are seeing a sea change on AIDS, a turning point in attitudes. Young people are not "the future," they are the here and now. And they're making smarter choices about their sexual health.
The diminishing commitment by the G8 towards HIV/AIDS treatment funding is a major topic at the Vienna AIDS conference. Sadly, the perception that HIV/AIDS is no longer an emergency is misinformed.
When the US, the UK, or the Global Fund support NGOs to take on AIDS education, the contracts should be two-way agreements; you do the HIV prevention, and we watch your back and help protect you from those who might be angered.
There are reasons to be hopeful in the fight against AIDS. The number of people getting treatment has increased 12-fold since 2003. I'm confident we will write the story of the end of AIDS.
Once again, we are at a crossroads in the global AIDS response. Far from giving up or turning back, this is the time to learn from our experience, roll up our sleeves, and get the job done.
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