Live blogging the Opening Plenary, Day 2 #aids 2010

That’s it for our live coverage this morning. Enjoy the rest of your day and we’ll see you tomorrow morning!

10.45 — We will never surrendering our country to the ravages of HIV & AIDS! What an ending and the vuvuzelas ring out en force! Bravo!

10.41 — Investing in health is investing development. Investing in HIV & AIDS is investing in health. There is no conflict between prevention and treatment. We must invest in both.

10.39 — In South Africa, the MDGs will not be met unless we continue to respond to HIV & AIDS.

10.38 — Increases in spending on HIV & AIDS has lead to increased spending on healthcare in general, which has had many benefits to the people of Africa.

10.36 — We have to ensure that public and private money is spent responsibly. Corrupt officials must be prosecuted (here, here!).

10.30 — By the end of 2011, all 4000 healthcare facilities in South Africa will carry and provide ARV to treatment those who need it.

10.24 —  A bit of technical difficulty this morning in the media centre. Minister Motsoaledi says that 43% of maternal mortality is HIV related.

10.16 — Today, we are guided by science and evidence to provide access to treatment for all South Africans and to control HIV in our country.

10.13 — Next up, South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi (and the vuvuzelas ring out).

10.10 — We must recognise and prioritise violence against women as a human rights issue on its own and in terms of its intersection with HIV.

10.04 — Human rights are often overlooked in the process of our search for renewed funding. Monitoring and evaluation, as well as evidence needs to be used beyond the quest for funds. What do we do with these data when we have our conversations with the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Health? Do we bring up our experiences as healthcare providers when treating patients who have experienced violence?

10.01 — Programmes based on abstinence and faithfulness assumes that sex is consensual and does not take note of violence against women and girls.

9.57 — It is individual women who have to live with the results (e.g., pregnancy, HIV, etc) of violence against women and girls including sexual violence.

9.52 — Need to talk about how women are made vulnerable rather than intrinsically vulnerable.

9.44 — Violence against Women & Girls and HIV are human rights and public health crises in the global North as well as the global South. ‘Women are people, not just mothers and daughters’.

9.42 — Up to 70% of female murder victims are killed by their male partners (WHO 2002)

9.39 — Everjoice Win is now up from ActionAID International is now speaking on ‘Violence Against Women & Girls’. She begins with a favourite song of mine from Tracy Chapman.

9.36 — Early initiation of ART with acute infection the potential results include reduction in the size of the HIV reservoir, preservation of immune function (which is key to finding a cure), increased possibility of cure, health benefits to the individual, and decreased transmission within the community.

9.34 — Blocking the replication rate of the virus pre- and post-exposure can work to ‘kill’ the virus, which is a subtle, but important difference.

9.31 — Opportunities for intervention in early HIV events include condoms, microbicides and STI treatment. Exciting news in that microbicides have now been demonstrated as effected. Male circumcision as well has been demonstrated as a means to decrease vulnerability to HIV transmission.

9.24 — NB: Hopefully, our Head of Medical Affairs Dr Ben Young will have a few moments to sometime this week to provide a summary of Dr Fauci’s talk. It’s a little technical for yours truly 🙂

9.17 — Transmission is usually the result of a single infection event.

9.13 — There are now more than 30 antiretroviral drugs

9.11 — Dr Fauci will be talking about Selected Issues in the Pathogenesis of HIV Disease, whereby pathogenesis research leads to effective interventions.

Good morning!

We’re running a little late this morning. The demonstration from Haitian AIDS activists held things up a bit.

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the US National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases gets us underway this morning in the Opening Plenary.


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