Beyond the shadow of stigma: Internal stigma is out of the shadows at AIDS 2024

"Stigma can be so insidious. It cuts deep and affects all of us," said Shaun Mellors, Director, Community Stakeholder Engagement, ViiV Healthcare who was speaking on Zero HIV Stigma Day during the opening plenary of LIVING2024. “Every day should be Zero HIV Stigma day,” rightly said Shaun.

Underfunded fight against AIDS is failing to focus on people who are key to end AIDS

The fight against AIDS in Asia and the Pacific region is not only severely under-resourced but also struggling to focus on key populations. Key populations are not only more at risk of HIV acquisition but also have proven to be gamechangers when genuinely engaged in the HIV programmes at all levels.

Advanced HIV disease threatens to wither away the gains made in fight against AIDS

No one needs to die of AIDS because, thanks to science, lifesaving antiretroviral therapy and viral suppression can gift all people living with HIV a healthy and fulfilling life. But, unfortunately, many a slip between the cup and the lip. "Even one AIDS death is a death too many. Despite having the tools and scientific know-how to avert AIDS deaths, 630,000 people died of AIDS in 2022. Governments, donors, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing companies, HIV and health advocates and activists, and all other stakeholders could have done better if we were to avert AIDS-related deaths," said firebrand health and human rights activist Loon Gangte who leads Delhi Network of People living with HIV (DNP Plus) and International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) in South Asian region.

Why are key populations on the blindspot in the global HIV response?

"Put people first is a reminder that the people we serve is at the very heart of our work” said Professor Sharon Lewin, International Co-Chairperson of world’s largest AIDS conference this year (25th International AIDS Conference or AIDS 2024). But when we look at the global HIV response, those people who are most at risk of the virus, are seldom receiving HIV and other health services with right, human dignity and without any stigma, discrimination or criminalisation.

We have more infection-prevention options now but are they actual choices for the people?

Scientific research and development has thankfully increased the number of prevention options we have today to stop the spread of several infections including HIV and TB. But are they actual choices for the people-at-risk of getting infected?

Putting people first means following Gandhi's Talisman

What can be a better explanation of what #PutPeopleFirst means than what was explained so candidly by Mahatma Gandhi. He had said: "I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test- Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [or woman or any gender] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [or her or them]. Will he [or she or they] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [or her or them] to a control over his [or her or their] own life and destiny? Then you will find your doubts melt away."

Goa to Munich: Growing call for 100-100-100 to end TB and end AIDS before 2030

Over 1500 people from 73 countries are unequivocally demanding that all people with HIV or TB must have access to full cascade of standard health services and social support in people-centred, rights-based and gender transformative ways. Unless best of WHO recommended prevention, diagnostics, treatment, care and support reaches everyone in need globally, we cannot end TB or AIDS.

[podcast] Are we focussing on those struggling to access health services with equity & right?

This podcast features Sumit Mitra, President (International Sales), Molbio Diagnostics. He is speaking in lead up to 25th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2024) on what #PutPeopleFirst means to him.

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[podcast] #PutPeopleFirst means walking the talk on "Nothing About Us Without Us"

This podcast features Dr Kuldeep Singh Sachdeva, former head of Indian government's TB and HIV programmes (DDG), former South-East Asia Regional Director of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and currently serving as President-CMO of Molbio Diagnostics. He is speaking in lead up to 25th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2024) on what #PutPeopleFirst means to him.

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[podcast] Finding all people with TB especially those more at risk and linking them to care is key to end TB

This podcast features Dr Kamal Kishore Chopra who is a senior TB expert and former Director of New Delhi TB Centre, State Training and Demonstration Centre, and also part of the leadership of TB Association of India. He is speaking in lead up to 25th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2024) on what #PutPeopleFirst means to him.

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Will #PutPeopleFirst mantra drive HIV responses?

Science has gifted us proven tools to stop the spread of HIV infection, as well as to ensure that all people living with HIV live healthy and fulfilling lives. But we failed to save 630,000 people with HIV who died in 2022.

[video] Veterinary surgeon shares experience of suffering due to antimicrobial resistance in Kenya

Retention in HIV care has declined since 'Treat All' guidelines introduced

Introduction of guidelines did not result in any improvement in annual viral load monitoring and suppression among people retained in care


[podcast] AIDS responses must be grounded in human rights


This podcast features Dr Ishwar Gilada who had established India's first AIDS clinic in 1986 when first HIV case had got diagnosed in the country. 

Dr Gilada is the longest serving HIV medical expert in India, President-Emeritus of AIDS Society of India, part of Governing Council of IAS (International AIDS Society) and 25th International AIDS Conference organising committee. He is in conversation with CNS Founder and Managing Editor Shobha Shukla.

[video] People-centred AIDS responses are critical cog-in-the-wheel to #endAIDS

[video] Are perspectives of people living with HIV central to AIDS response?

[podcast] Perspectives of people living with HIV must be central to AIDS response

 
This podcast features UNAIDS India Country Director David Bridger who shares what #PutPeopleFirst means to him in lead up to 25th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2024) to be held in Munich, Germany. He is in conversation with Shobha Shukla, CNS founder Managing Editor and Executive Director and Chairperson of Global AMR Media Alliance (GAMA).

Timely and accurate diagnosis is the bedrock to stop misuse and overuse of medicines

Drug-resistant disease-causing microbes can infect any one of us. Bhakti Chavan, a promising biotechnologist, who never had TB before, got infected with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) bacteria. XDR-TB is one of the most serious forms of TB. After some delay, an accurate XDR-TB diagnosis helped her access the right treatment, thanks to an MSF clinic. With steely resolve and grit, she went through the difficult treatment of XDR-TB and got cured. Not only has she defeated XDR-TB, but she also champions the cause of helping those who are fighting TB as well as drug resistance or antimicrobial resistance worldwide.

AIDS 2024 Affiliated Independent Event (4th July): Find all people with TB & HIV, treat all of them, save lives & stop the spread of both

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On 4th July, this AIDS 2024 Affiliated Independent Event is on the theme: "Find all people with TB and HIV, treat all of them and prevent any further transmission of both in people-centred ways."

Another feather in the cap of treatment as HIV prevention

- A Groundbreaking HIV Prevention Option -
Results of a phase 3 PURPOSE 1 HIV prevention study done among adolescent girls and young women in South Africa and Uganda show that there were no HIV infections in HIV-negative women who received 6 monthly (twice yearly) injectable investigational drug Lenacapavir - an injectable form of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drug developed by Gilead Sciences. In other words, an HIV negative woman will need just two injections a year of this long acting drug to remain safe from acquiring HIV through the sexual route.