Live from Rome: IAS 2011

Updates and live conversation from the world’s largest open scientific conference on HIV/AIDS.

The 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011) is being held in Rome Italy from July 17 – July 20, 2011.

Check back regularly for top news, stories, and blogs. Join the conversation below by adding #IAS2011 to your tweets.

Top Stories and Blogs from IAS 2011

BLOG | IAS 2011: The Numbers
IAS Blog | July 20, 2011

Final number for IAS 2011. + full post


PHOTO STORY | AIDS conference closes on optimistic note
CBC News | July 20, 2011

An international AIDS meeting in Rome has wrapped with a dose of optimism on preventing the spread of HIV. Scientists attending the four-day meeting of the International AIDS Society presented the results of trials on how to essentially stop the spread of AIDS. + full post


BLOG | Male circumcision curbs spread of HIV over time, risky behavior does not increase

by Meredith Mazzotta at Science Speaks | July 20, 2011

Three years after the voluntary medical male circumcision (MC) campaign rolled out in the Orange Farm Township in South Africa, the first “real world” results are available showing a marked reduction of HIV acquisition among circumcised adult men with a 55 percent lower HIV prevalence (proportion of HIV-infected people) among circumcised men compared to their uncircumcised counterparts and overall reduction in HIV incidence (the number of new cases) among men 15 to 34 years old of 76 percent. + full pos


VIDEO BLOG | Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks out on treatment as prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis and the way forward
by Meredith Mazzotta at Science Speaks | July 19, 2011

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Anthony Fauci at the 2011 International AIDS Society meeting in Rome. + watch videos


BLOG | A remarkable day in HIV prevention research – report from Rome
by Lisa Chensvold at GH Notes | July 19, 2011

For the past two months, things have been pretty crazy around our institute. On May 12, we announced the results of a couples’ HIV prevention study well before the study was finished, because the results were so compelling. The study, HPTN 052, found that giving antiretrovirals early to people infected with HIV led to a 96 percent reduction in transmission to their HIV-negative partners. The story was covered around the world, and I’ve been busy fielding calls and emails from journalists ever since. + full post


BLOG: Growing sense of hope at international Aids conference
by Sarah Bolseley at The Guardian | July 18, 2011

Recent studies showing antiretroviral drugs protect people from HIV infection have enthused the Rome conference, but more work is now needed to get the drugs rolled out to the adults and children who need them. There appears to be real excitement at the International Aids Society conference in Rome. + full post


NEWS | Treatment is prevention: HPTN 052 study shows 96% reduction in transmission when HIV-positive partner starts treatment early
by aidsmap| July 18, 2011

Results from a trial showing that antiretroviral treatment prevents HIV from being passed onto uninfected partners received a standing ovation today at the Sixth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rome. + full post


NEWS | Antiretroviral prevention methods ‘not in competition’ with each other
by aidsmap | July 17, 2011

Antiretroviral prevention methods are not in competition, and policy makers and providers need to start to thinking about how antiretrovirals, pre-exposure prophylaxis and microbicides will be provided as part of a combination prevention package – and who will benefit most from each method, delegates heard at a satellite meeting on the opening day of the Sixth International AIDS Society Conference in Rome. + full post


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