Sitting in conversation with Professor Sharon Lewin in Bangkok, it is difficult not to be stunned into silence by her encyclopaedic knowledge of HIV. Lewin is a basic scientist, physician and head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash University and Co-Chair of the international AIDS conference (AIDS 2014) being held in Melbourne next year.
Almost half the world’s population – an estimated three billion people – live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Endemic to 107 countries in the tropics and subtropics, it is responsible for around one million deaths globally every year, with sub-Saharan Africa the hardest hit.
Ask most people what the second biggest global pathogen killer is after HIV/AIDS and few will know. The answer is tuberculosis. Nine million people a year contract the airborne bug while a further 1.4 million die from it. Meanwhile, one quarter of HIV/AIDS fatalities actually die from TB.
TOMORROW: World AIDS Day.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National AIDS Trust (NAT) and tomorrow will mark the 25th World AIDS Day.
Last night, you may have seen me in the ITV1 documentary Corrie Goes to Kenya. During the show, you will have seen Kenya through the eyes of the four Coronation Street actors who visited us, and will have noticed the culture shock they experience in my country.
So because it worked for him, Russell Brand is persuaded that abstinence-based recovery, rather than reliance on methadone, is the best way to help those with the “greedy disease” of opiate dependence.
The 19th International AIDS conference may have concluded last week but the work to really end AIDS continues.
The IAS conference concluded last Friday after an exhausting but fascinating week of presentations, meetings, networking and, dare I say it, information overload!
The 19th International AIDS Conference is drawing to a close and it is time for us as delegates to reflect on what messages we are going to take away from the conference.
Many delegates have been horrified about what is going on – or not going on – regarding HIV in the US, especially the extent to which it impacts on African-Americans who make up 14% of the US population yet account for 44% of new HIV infections.
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