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AIDS2018 Breaking News: Zero HIV transmissions in PARTNER study after gay couples had sex 77,000 times without condoms – an undetectable viral load stops HIV

AIDS2018 Breaking News: Zero HIV transmissions in PARTNER study after gay couples had sex 77,000 times without condoms – an undetectable viral load stops HIV

By Simon Collins, HIV i-Base On Tuesday 24 July, the results from the extension to the PARTNER study were presented by Alison Rodger at a press conference at AIDS 2018, ahead of the main conference presentation. [1, 2] After eight years the study was unable to find a single linked HIV transmission when viral load …
AIDS2018: Reduction in price of bedaquiline welcome, but is it enough?

AIDS2018: Reduction in price of bedaquiline welcome, but is it enough?

This week the price of bedaquiline in the public sector in South Africa was cut in half. What does this mean for the increased uptake of this critically important TB drug across the world? This week at the International AIDS Conference South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the South African government …
AIDS2018: Delegates walk out on Sidibe

AIDS2018: Delegates walk out on Sidibe

Hundreds of delegates walked out of the opening of the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last night in protest when UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe took the stage.  By Kerry Cullinan, Health-e News Service Before the walkout, a group of African women read out a statement describing Sidibe as “aider and abetter of sexual harassment” …
AIDS2018: G23 women draw a line in the sand

AIDS2018: G23 women draw a line in the sand

This is a statement read out by the group of 23 women as Michel Sidibe took to the stage at the opening plenary. “…a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it, and within it is not struggle at all.” – Arundhati Roy We are the group …
AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-There was no one who came to visit them at their homes

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-There was no one who came to visit them at their homes

By Ngqabutho Mpofu Ronnie came out in the early 1980s, telling his friends and sister that he was homosexual. This was not an easy thing to do, given the traditional Xhosa culture that he is from. He credits his support network for helping him come through that period in his life. Today he works in …
AIDS2018: Time to make AIDS political again

AIDS2018: Time to make AIDS political again

By Anele Yawa Two years ago, we welcomed the world to the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. At a march of ten thousand people we held up banners proclaiming that 20 million people still need treatment. At that conference we said to the world that AIDS is not over – and indeed, the …
AIDS2018: Tangerine, a Thai transgender programme that works

AIDS2018: Tangerine, a Thai transgender programme that works

Almost everyone in the HIV world is talking about providing services to key populations – a ground-breaking project in Thailand is providing an example of how to go about it. They kindly answered Spotlight’s questions.  Q: What is the Tangerine project and how does it work? A: The “Tangerine” Community Health Center is the first …
AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-There’s no one influencing me anymore

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-There’s no one influencing me anymore

By Nomatter Ndebele Gloria lives in Vrededorp, Johannesburg with her partner and her 2-year-old son. She has been on drugs since 2013. Gloria started with Marajuana and then graduated onto harder drugs. She currently smokes Crystal Meth, which Is available in her neighborhood for R50 a hit (less than U$4). “I used to smoke rocks …