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World Conference on HIV/AIDS in Vancouver

Blogmensgo, gay blog of 20 July 2015) The 8th Biennial Congress of the International Aids Society (IAS) on the pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS is being held from July 19 to 22, 2015 in Vancouver (Canada ). So it starts tomorrow.

IAS 2015: website | Programming

Mortality from HIV / AIDS in 2014 (click to enlarge). Africa continues to pay the highest price. © UNAIDS.
Mortality from HIV / AIDS in 2014 (click to enlarge). Africa continues to pay the highest price. © UNAIDS.

The 6,000 expected participants will discuss the main developments related to HIV recorded in the last two years.

We’ll talk about the prevention and financing of pre-exposire prophylaxis (PreP) treatments being tested and particularly new or future antiretrovirals, associated diseases and populations at risk.

We also talk about the ambitious objectives of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS ( UNAIDS ) and its latest report. The international organization said in a statement ( EN | FR ) have completed nine months ahead of its 15-15 target to treat 15 million people against HIV by 2015.

The morbidity and mortality associated with HIV / AIDS have dropped 35%, respectively (ie 2 million new infections per year) and 41%.

While access to antiretroviral treatment in 2000 only concerned that 1% of people infected with HIV, the figure was 40% in 2014.

As in previous editions, the British Association Aidsmap will report free of principal and hopeful signs discussed at workshops and round tables. Summaries will be sent free by email after registration, free too. We just have to choose their language preference (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Russian) at the time of registration.

Comment. The flattering results highlighted by UNAIDS were probably intended to encourage donors to increase their funding. The reality is less glamorous.

The 35% of infections result in less of a comparison between the years 2014 and 2000. And if we now reached 40% of people receiving antiretrovirals, it is mainly by the fact that the price of first generation ARV collapsed. The latest generation of antiretrovirals remain scandalously expensive and inaccessible to almost all patients, including in rich countries.

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via release of Aidsmap.com, July 15, 2015)

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