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TheBody.com Covers The XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) in Mexico City, August 3-8 2008
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Heidi Nass A Slice of Life at the World's Largest HIV Meeting
"All in all, we've got ourselves one fine -- and tragic -- mess," says HIV-positive advocate Heidi Nass. She's referring to the tangle of bittersweet news and ongoing injustices against HIVers highlighted at AIDS 2008. In this blog, one of a series of blogs she wrote from the conference, Nass shares insightful details of her experience as a first-time attendee and presenter.
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The People of AIDS 2008On the Front Lines

Thembi Ngubane: Mother, Activist, South African ... and Proof Positive That You Can Thrive With HIV

Thembi NgubaneWhen she tested HIV positive in 2002 at the age of 16, Thembi Ngubane scarcely had an idea what HIV meant or what to do next. Now, there are few people on the planet who could tell such an inspiring story of growth, strength and redemption.
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Refocusing on Universal Treatment Access

Gregg GonsalvesActivist Gregg Gonsalves talks about achievements and failures in HIV care and treatment access since the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto, where he asserted that we were "losing the struggle" against HIV worldwide.

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HIV Research (at The Body PRO) Noteworthty & Newsworthy

AIDS 2008 Conference Highlights: An Interview With David Hardy, M.D.

David Hardy, M.D.What were the most important research from AIDS 2008? We expected a discussion on the timing of antiretroviral therapy, some thoughts on metabolic complications, and a mention of cardiovascular risk factors. We got all that, and more: Dr. Hardy also expressed alarm regarding the newly revised HIV incidence figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Iran Detains Two Veteran HIV Physicians, Calling Them "National Security Threats"

Joseph AmanJoseph Aman of Human Rights Watch explains the story of two prominent Iranian HIV doctors who have been detained by authorities since June.
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Epidemiology & PathogenesisPrevention & Testing

Breaking Down the New U.S. HIV Incidence Figures

Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D.Kevin Fenton explains the newly revised official U.S. HIV incidence estimates, which show that approximately 56,000 -- not 40,000 -- individuals per year become infected with HIV in the United States.
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The Debate Continues: Does "Undetectable" Mean "Uninfectious"?

Bernard Hirschel, M.D.Bernard Hirschel, M.D., recaps the major points of one of the most provocative sessions of AIDS 2008, which revisits the now-infamous "Swiss statement" on HIV transmission risk. You can also read or listen to the lengthy but fascinating question-and-answer session with the audience.
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About This Conference

The Body's coverage of the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) will include a wide array of individual presentations and symposia, as well as summaries of some of the hottest topics in HIV research.

For more information on AIDS 2008, please visit the conference's Web site. You may also view the conference program online.

Funding for coverage of this conference is provided, in part, by Abbott Laboratories.


This coverage was provided by The Body. Copyright © Body Health Resources Corporation. All rights reserved.

Please note: Knowledge about HIV changes rapidly. Note the date of this summary's publication, and before treating patients or employing any therapies described in these materials, verify all information independently. If you are a patient, please consult a doctor or other medical professional before acting on any of the information presented in this summary. For a complete listing of our most recent conference coverage, click here.

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