AIDS 2014 on the Road
Towards an HIV cure: Implications for ending the epidemic in China, Asia and beyond
Australian Embassy, Beijing, China
Professor Sharon Lewin, local co-chair of AIDS 2014, gave an overview of where we are headed in the search for an HIV cure and what we can expect to be the major scientific talking points at AIDS 2014. She outlined how huge progress has been made in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the past 30 years as science (via antiretrovirals) has transformed the virus from a death sentence into a chronically manageable disease.However, almost 19 million of the 35 million other people living with HIV globally – some of them in China - who are eligible for antiretroviral treatment under new WHO Guidelines who still do not have access to antiretroviral drugs. For every person placed on treatment, two are newly infected with HIV. Estimates put the cost of treatment at an unsustainable $US50 billion by 2030.
James Chau, CCTV anchor and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, reflected on the current status of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in China. He described the huge progress that has been made in the country over the past decade and discuss the role that local scientists are playing in the fight to end the epidemic.
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Seminar: A Cure for HIV: Dare to Dream?
India International Centre, New Delhi, India
This seminar, hosted at the the India International Centre in New Delhi by UNAIDS India and the State Government of Victoria in Australia, heard Professor Lewin, who is also Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at The Alfred Hospital & Monash University in Melbourne, and Co-Head of the Centre for Biomedical Research at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, Australia, outline recent developments in HIV Cure research that have made global headlines over the past few years: examples such as Timothy Brown, the first man cured of HIV/AIDS through a bone marrow transplant and the case of the Mississippi baby who was treated with antiretroviral drugs for HIV immediately after birth and two years since being taken off therapy at 18 months, remains free of HIV.
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Professor Sharon Lewin, Co-Chair of the 20th International AIDS Conference says research towards finding an HIV Cure must be stepped up
AIDS 2014 on the Road: India
By Sharon Lewin, first published on www.huffingtonpost.co.uk on 31 March 2014