Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday, the half-way point of AIDS 2018! Here’s a rundown of what’s happening today, and a recap of yesterday’s conference highlights.
- Today’s conference plenary programme focuses on “Building bridges from scientific innovation to implementation” and features Brad Jones (US) on “The newest science in the search for a cure and vaccine,” Pedro Cahn (Argentina) on “ART 2018 – Moving into the integrase era,” and Nduku Kilonzo (Kenya) on “Differentiated models of prevention.”
- The symposium session, “Coming of age with HIV”, addresses the needs of a population of people having lived with HIV for one or more decades. It highlights priorities for providing sustainable and integrated care to a growing population of “long-term survivors”.
- The symposium session, “Drugs, drug policy, harm reduction: A reality check”, looks at increasing HIV infection rates tied to unsafe injections, and strategies to overcome political resistance to efforts to promote humane, public heath- and human rights-driven drug policies.
- There are several oral abstract sessions to chose from: “Poking, prodding and purging the final reservoir frontier”, looks at the latest in HIV cure strategies; “The new high-risk populations: Who are they?”, examines technological, epidemiological and other advances in efforts to reach communities that are marginalized and at risk for HIV; “Money, money, money: Dynamic financing solutions”, includes success stories and challenges from different countries in the global effort to finance the HIV response; and “AIDS 2018 Co-chairs’ choice”, presents a selection of some of the most interesting cross-track science at the meeting.
- “Trans identities: Importance of recognition in the law and research to address HIV and health disparities”, unites researchers, activists and policymakers from Fiji, New Zealand, Pakistan and Thailand to examine the structural barriers that impede trans health in the Asia and Pacific region.
- A special session with Anthony S. Fauci of the US National Institutes of Health addresses strategies to control HIV in the absence of ARVs, and PEPFAR Director Deborah Birx, recipient of the Jonathan Mann Human Rights Award, delivers the associated lecture, “Data to drive equity.”
- Oral poster discussion sessions addressing topics such as, “Acute infection and viral reservoir”, “All fired up: Tackling inflammation” and “Occupy the epidemic: Economic inequality and HIV”.
- The symposium session, “Coinfections: Old and new”, addresses the epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and emerging threats in infectious diseases.
- Oral abstract sessions taking place include “Killers or helpers: The double life of T cells”, “ART in infants and children” and “PrEP: Work in progress”.
- The “NIH grantsmanship strategies and peer review workshop” addresses strategies to identify NIH funding opportunities, establish strong research collaborations and survive the application peer review process.
- The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) publishes the “Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the Context of Criminal Law”, an evidence-based consensus that clearly and systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalize HIV transmission.
- Three symposia sessions take place, “Eliminating HIV latency: Shock and kill or block and lock?”, “‘Nothing about us without us’: Advancing human rights for key populations” and “Prioritized yet dying: Addressing the needs of children and adolescents living with HIV”.
Remember that the Global Village is open every day to help you recharge and reconnect with vital community responses to the epidemic. Along with the ongoing exhibitions, performances and workshops that fill the village each day, today’s programme includes “Not your rescue project: Films from the sex worker rights movement”, the Positive flame bearers’ tour and choir, “The artiVIHst is present: Performance-art for non-violent protest” and much more.
AIDS 2018 Live! Facebook series
11.15 CEST: Shuga not shame: MTV Shuga, HIV stigma and youth
12.15 CEST: Data grind: Safety and security of key populations
16:00 CEST: #HIVIsNotACrime: Reaching consensus to drive action