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Treatment has transformed the outlook for people living with HIV from almost certain death to a manageable chronic condition. Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

The scientific journey of AIDS from despair to cautious hope

Despite the breakthroughs in HIV and AIDS research, without an effective vaccine, the world will not get to zero new infections and deaths.
Telling people to use a condom won’t prevent HIV because some women can’t convince their partner to use them. Mike Segar/Reuters

We need more than condoms to prevent HIV in women

Used properly and consistently, condoms are the most effective, affordable, and low-tech way to prevent HIV. But unfortunately, condoms are not an easy option for everyone – particularly women.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Flickr

More is less? Health in the Sustainable Development Goals

Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Sexual contact between men remains the main route of HIV transmission. Aristocrats-hat/Flickr

Five reasons why HIV infections in Australia aren’t falling

Despite health promotion campaigns and a concerted effort to make antiretroviral therapy more accessible, the number of new HIV cases in Australia has remained stable over the last three years.
HIV positive t-shirts have been distributed to reduce the stigma attached to the disease. This would have been unthinkable 30 years ago. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

AIDS: what drove three decades of acronyms and avatars?

Tomorrow, June 5, marks 34 years since the first reports of AIDS in a medical journal.
Have we really turned the corner over HIV/AIDS? Africa Studio

Rumours of the demise of HIV have been greatly exaggerated

Two years ago, the “beginning of the end” of AIDS was announced. It included the promise of reducing HIV transmission by reducing the amount of infectious virus in the population. This relies on a two-pronged…
From the late 1990s, the world galvanised in support of dramatic increases in funding for the distribution of HIV treatments to all who needed them. World national flags/Shuttershock

It takes a global village: how we got ahead in HIV control

When AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, HIV infection was a death sentence. But a global effort has ensured this is no longer the case for a growing number of people. The good news today is that the…
Maintaining a steady pace of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs is critical for HIV prevention and treatment. Alba Campus/Flickr

Five promising steps forward in HIV science

The field of HIV treatment and prevention has been freshly energised by the findings from several recent clinical trials. Maintaining the momentum of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs is critical…
Prevention messages and consistent condom use have broken the nexus between sex work and HIV transmission in Australia. publik16/Flickr

HIV in Australia: we’ve come a long way but there’s more to do

In the three decades since the virus was identified, Australia has done well by international standards in keeping HIV infection rates down. But certain aspects of our national approach continue to risk…
The baby is only the second case ever of a person being ‘cured’ of HIV. Timothy Ray Brown was the first person ever to be ‘cured’ of HIV, after he underwent a complex stem cell transplant for the treatment of leukemia. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US baby ‘cured’ of HIV: the experts respond

US doctors have reported that, for the first time ever, a baby has been cured of HIV following drug treatment within hours…

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