The newsmakers have been busy so far at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington, DC. If you're interested, you can watch numerous recordings of the plenary sessions on the Kaiser Family Foundation IAC page.
Below is a quick rundown of a few of the major announcements coming out of the conference to date.
- US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton spoke at the opening conference session, stating to loud applause "This is a fight we can win. We have already come so far, too far to stop now." Secretary Clinton announced more than $100 million for support of various programs such as voluntary male circumcision and supportive care for HIV-positive pregnant women. She also noted the linkages between HIV and family planning, remarking "Every woman should be able to decide when and whether to have children. This is true whether she is HIV-positive or not. And I agree with the strong message that came out of the London Summit on Family Planning earlier this month. There should be no controversy about this. None at all."
- A new study released by the Clinton Foundation shows that costs of providing HIV treatment are actually lower than previously thought. Many African countries now average ~$200 per year to treat a patient in health facilities, down from a cost of more than $10,000 per person just a decade ago.
- The Global Fund released new results today, showing broad gains in the number of people receiving HIV treatment. Global Fund-backed programs are now helping 3.6 million people living with HIV, up more than 600,000 from 2010. Overall, the organization has saved an astonishing 8.7 million lives since it was formed in 2002.
- Bill Gates, along with the President of the World Bank and the US Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby, took part in a conference session today to discuss improving efficiency and effectiveness of the HIV response. You can watch the full session here, ranging from discussions of an AIDS vaccine to the correlation of AIDS and poverty.
- Lastly, a new poll from the Washington Post and Kaiser Health shows that a majority of Americans believe we're making progress against HIV/AIDS nationally and globally, despite the belief that the government could be doing more. Kaiser has also released an infographic looking at the state of the AIDS epidemic after 30 years.