“In the face of a seemingly hopeless scientific and humanitarian challenge, scientists and activists joined together to accelerate the development of breakthrough treatment and biomedical prevention tools,” reads the 23rd International Aids Conference website.
“Communities are important – as some of great ideas might not generally come from the top, but they can come from the bottom,” says Gregorio Millett of the American Foundation for Aids Research.
The world’s largest conference on HIV opened today in a special virtual format due to COVID-19. It kicked off with a focus on the links between the two viruses, and a recognition of global debates around racism.
Globally, South Africa is amongst the countries with the highest tuberculosis (TB) burden and high statistics of people living with HIV. Two of the biggest issues in reducing both these numbers are access and adherence to medication, but this can change with a new TB treatment.
For many HIV-positive South Africans, the national lockdown has hindered their ability to easily access antiretroviral drugs and treatment. However, convenient and cost-efficient options for medicine collection are available.
According to the Commission for Gender Equality’s latest report on forced and coerced sterilisations in South Africa, the practice is a direct attack on HIV-positive women’s constitutionally enshrined rights, and highlights flaws in public health’s informed consent procedures.