Wrapping Up the Week at IAS
Last week, more than 5,000 delegates from 127 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the 2013 International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. The bi-annual meeting brought together scientists, clinicians, public health experts, and community leaders to examine the latest developments in HIV-related research, and to explore how scientific advances can inform the global response to HIV/AIDS. Seven EGPAF team members attended this year’s conference, presenting at side meetings, poster sessions and panel presentations.
This year’s meeting included a major announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding new HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention guidelines. For the first time, the 2013 guidelines combine recommendations across the continuum of HIV care and prevention programs, including expanding treatment eligibility for HIV-positive pregnant women, mothers, and children. To learn more about the new guidelines, check out a blog post by Dr. Christian Pitter, Senior Director of Global Technical Policy and Partnerships at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), which answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the new guidelines and what they mean for EGPAF’s efforts to eliminate pediatric HIV. You can also read a more detailed overview of the guidelines here.
EGPAF Vice President of Research Dr. Laura Guay also spoke at a press conference, where she discussed the impact the WHO’s new guidelines will have on pediatric HIV treatment approaches, particularly on early infant diagnosis (EID) and on programs to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) for children younger than five years of age. You can read a full list of EGPAF sessions and summaries from the conference on our IAS landing page.
At the concluding session on July 3, IAS President-Elect and IAS 2015 International Chair Chris Beyrer said:
“We are at an extraordinary moment in HIV-related research. If the richness of the science presented this week is any indication, our meeting in Vancouver in 2015 will give us another important opportunity to examine continued progress towards answering the greatest challenges before us. Of course, IAS 2015 will occur at a pivotal moment, as the Millennium Development Goals come due. When we gather in Vancouver, we will have the opportunity to see how successful our efforts have been to implement scientific advances on the ground.”
At EGPAF, we are proud to have been a part of this year’s IAS Conference, and we look forward to working with partners around the world to continue our efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation through advocacy, research, and prevention and treatment programs.
Johanna Harvey is Senior Communications Officer at the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.