Publications Launched at IAS 2012
August 1, 2012
The IAS conference is used to launch publications on important aspects of HIV treatment or access. Here are a few that caught our attention. All are available free online.
Towards an HIV Cure: Global Scientific Strategy
Officially announced at a pre-conference workshop, the IAS "Towards an HIV Cure" Global Strategy represents a thorough and comprehensive framework for cure-related research in the future.
The report identifies seven main research priorities in how best to overcome HIV persistence before a cure (functional or sterilising) can be realised.
At the report launch, Steven Deeks, co-chair of the IAS cure working group, said "We are entering a stage in the epidemic in which we can seriously begin testing drugs that either prevent latency or which force the virus out of its hiding place, making it susceptible to our current drugs."
The international health organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) launched several important documents on improving access to treatment. These included:
Lancet Series on HIV in MSM
The Lancet published a series of articles highlighting the ongoing growth of the HIV epidemic in men who have sex with men (MSM).
The articles cover both the science and culture behind the MSM epidemic. One comment piece examines "The irony of homophobia in Africa", which is reflected in a review of the recently released film "Call me Kuchu" which looks at the life and death of David Kato in Uganda.
Topics covered also include the unique challenges faced by black MSM around the world; stigma and discrimination affecting MSM; and a look at the global epidemiology of HIV infection in MSM.
TAG/i-Base Pipeline Report 2012
A plug for our own publication. For the third year i-Base have partnered with the New York-based activist group Treatment Action Group (TAG) to produce a combined pipeline review of new drugs, formulations, vaccines, strategies and diagnostics for HIV, hepatitis and TB.
UNAIDS Report: Together we Will End AIDS
Launched just prior to the conference, this report from UNAIDS was stacked high in the UNAIDS booth. It includes photographs, graphics and contributions from people with key roles in the global response.
The most useful information is probably the individual country data relating to new infections in children, the incidence in women, details on access to treatment and care, and HIV-related mortality. All on pages 122-123, just before references.
JAIDS Supplement: HIV and Ageing
A review of current knowledge and research concerns relating to HIV and ageing was published as a supplement in the Journal of AIDS.
Rather than the benefits of HAART that have extended life expectancy by 50 years, the authors focus on the complex interplay of social and medical circumstances whereby "on average, a 20 year old initiating ART may already have lost one-third of their expected remaining years of life compared to similar HIV uninfected persons".
The report highlights the concerns about Inflammation, co-infection (including CMV), reviews current data on biomarkers (IL-6, CRP, d-dimer, soluble CD14 and markers of T-cell activation and senescence), highlights current knowledge gaps and suggests priority areas of future research.
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