July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and its consequences. This year's theme -- "Think Again" -- emphasizes that while hepatitis B and C are major causes of death worldwide, viral hepatitis remains remarkably neglected. The World Health Organization (WHO) and others held a press briefing at the 20th International AIDS Conference last week in Melbourne to raise awareness.
HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), July 20-25, in Melbourne, Australia.
Conference highlights include biomedical HIV prevention (PrEP and treatment-as-prevention), HIV cure research, interferon-free therapy for hepatitis C and HIV/HCV coinfection, access to treatment, and fighting stigma and criminalization of key affected populations.
Thousands of delegates, advocates, and people living with HIV came together July 22 for the AIDS 2014 Mobilization March and candlelight vigil, held in conjunction with the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place this week in Melbourne. Key themes included the need for more funding to expand access to HIV prevention and treatment, and ending discrimination and criminalization of people with HIV and at-risk groups including gay men, sex workers, and people who use drugs.
Progress along the multi-pronged path towards a cure for HIV was one of the themes at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), taking place this week in Melbourne. Researchers provided updates on the "Mississippi Baby," a novel assay for detecting low levels of hidden virus in the body, and using the anti-cancer drug romidepsin to reactivate latent virus.