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Plenary speakers address challenges in the delivery of sustained antiretroviral therapy in developing countries, call for social scientists to take their place at the HIV/AIDS policy-making table, and stress the need for a long-term response to AIDS
Date:7/19/2011

Tuesday, 19 July, 2011 (Rome, Italy) -- Researchers speaking in the second plenary session of the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) have today provided insights into the future direction of HIV/AIDS policy making and alerted delegates to the challenges that developing countries continue to face in the delivery of large- scale antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage.

The presentations reflect the breadth of expertise among the more than 5,000 researchers, clinicians and community leaders attending the conference, which runs from 17-20 July in Rome.

"The AIDS response up until now has led to unprecedented mobilization of populations and significant progress in terms of prevention and treatment," said IAS 2011 International Chair and IAS President Elly Katabira. "However, given the projections we have made of infections over the next decade, together with the growing number of people living longer with HIV, it makes perfect sense to discuss whether a remodeling or fine-tuning of that response might more effectively meet the new challenges that lie ahead."

"Discussion around the future direction of HIV/AIDS policy must begin to give a far greater voice to the social sciences," said Stefano Vella, IAS 2011 Local Co-Chair and Research Director at the Istituto Superiore di Sanit (ISS). "The social and political sciences are a vital element in helping us to improve prevention efforts, especially in developing countries where major challenges remain in the effective roll-out of ART."

The Social Barriers to Effective HIV Prevention

In her plenary remarks, Susan Kippax (Australia), Emeritus Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, suggested that in understanding HIV prevention efforts, people's behaviours cannot be separated from their social, cultural and political structures, and the biomedical cannot be distinguished from the non-biomed
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Contact: Lindsey Rodger
lindsey.rodger@iasociety.org
International AIDS Society
Source:Eurekalert

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