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AFAO: Australia charts a path to zero on World AIDS Day

AFAO: Australia charts a path to zero on World AIDS Day

The Federal Government’s confirmation of a specialist taskforce to drive the end of HIV transmission in Australia, along with increased funding to UNAIDS, have been strongly welcomed by AFAO, as we mark World AIDS Day 2022. The Government confirmed the taskforce will be headed by Health Minister, the Hon. Mark Butler and Assistant Health Minister […]

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New alliance to tackle the lack of medication for children living with HIV

New alliance to tackle the lack of medication for children living with HIV

A new alliance aims to make life saving HIV medication available to children who are living with the virus. Globally, only half (52%) of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment, far behind adults where three quarters (76%) are receiving antiretrovirals, according to the data that has just been released in the UNAIDS Global […]

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On This Gay Day: Victorian Police raided the Tasty Nightclub

Victorian Police raid Tasty, resulting in a $10 million lawsuit On the 7th of August 1994, dozens of police officers entered the Tasty club night in Melbourne, then detained and strip searched, and in some cases cavity searched, 463 people over seven hours. Tasty was a regular club night that was known as a popular […]

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On This Gay Day: Salt-n-Pepa’s ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ was released

In 1991 Salt-n-Pepa urged us to ‘talk about sex’  Rapper Salt-n-Pepa scored on of their biggest hits back in 1991 with Let’s Talk About Sex. The song urged people to have open and honest discussions about sex and ralied against censorship of discussions in the media. Released at the height of the AIDS crisis, the […]

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Australia’s Sharon Lewin new President of the International AIDS Society

Australia’s Sharon Lewin new President of the International AIDS Society

The International AIDS Society (IAS) has welcomed Australian researcher Sharon Lewin as their new President and Beatriz Grinsztejn from Brazil as their President-Elect. IAS leadership also expressed deep gratitude to Adeeba Kamarulzaman (Malaysia) who steps down as IAS President and assumes her role as immediate-past President. Lewin, a world-renowned infectious diseases physician and basic scientist, […]

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Canadian government under fire for shunning AIDS 2022 conference

Canadian government under fire for shunning AIDS 2022 conference

The Canadian government is under fire for failing to process the visa of many health experts who hoped to attend the AIDS 2022, the 24th International Conference on HIV. It’s the first time in two years that the world’s leading health experts have been able to physically meet, and the gathering comes as UNAIDS and […]

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Protesters take to the stage at AIDS 2022 calling for more action

Protesters take to the stage at AIDS 2022 calling for more action

Peaceful protesters have interrupted the opening of AIDS 2022, the 24th World Internationals AIDS Conference which is being held in simultaneously in Montreal and online. Holding placards with messages including “Wake Up, Times Up”, “Wake Up! People are dying” and “The AIDS crisis is not over” dozens of conference participants took to the stage calling […]

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Leaders at AIDS 2022 warn that the world is losing ground against HIV

Leaders at AIDS 2022 warn that the world is losing ground against HIV

Despite scientific breakthroughs, millions of lives are still needlessly lost to HIV, and the world’s leading researchers are sounding the alarm bell warning that more needs to be done. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, IAS President and International Co-Chair of AIDS 2022, has highlighted that there have been major setbacks over the last two years and it’s the […]

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Momentum builds to deliver long-acting PrEP for HIV prevention

Momentum builds to deliver long-acting PrEP for HIV prevention

A series of announcements have been made today ahead of AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference – including late-breaking study results, new WHO guidelines, a major voluntary licensing agreement and a new global coalition – built momentum for global access to long-acting cabotegravir (CAB-LA) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. Oral PrEP was […]

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The U=U message is reducing HIV transmissions but globally there are many road blocks

The U=U message is reducing HIV transmissions but globally there are many road blocks

The message of undetectable equals untransmissible (U=U) has been used around the world to reduce stigma surrounding people living with HIV. It educates people about the realities of the virus in the 21st century. At the 2022 World AIDS Conference speakers from different parts of the world have spoken about how this message has been […]

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