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Despite significant achievements on the prevention front, a number of myths about HIV persist in the Australian community, writes Bridget Haire.

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Joep Lange was a visionary leader and my friend. His legacy on HIV research will live on, but there remain huge hurdles. If Lange had any solutions they died with him over a field in eastern Ukraine, writes David Cooper.

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Stigma and discrimination remain the most substantial barriers to conquering HIV, write Brendan Crabb and Michael Kirby.

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UNSW’s Football United has returned from the World Cup in Rio, jubilant if not victorious after running second in their group – locked out of the quarter finals by a team from France.

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Two men treated at St Vincent’s Hospital in partnership with UNSW's Kirby Institute have undetectable levels of HIV more than three years after their bone marrow transplants, the first successful cases of the HIV virus being cleared in Australia.

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In responding to the needs of communities affected by HIV, it is vital that the response includes not just science and research but also people's social needs, write Andrew Grulich, Cheryl Overs and Peter Higgs.

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Australia has long been seen as a world leader in HIV prevention, treatment and care, yet our academic sector has been underutilised when it comes to the delivery of international health aid, write David Cooper and John Kaldor.

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HIV/AIDS is “not yesterday’s issue; it is not a problem that has gone away”, HIV campaigner Lord Norman Fowler has told a UNSW audience, arguing that the epidemic needs to be raised higher on the global health agenda.

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French Nobel Laureate Francoise Barré-Sinoussi has been awarded a UNSW honorary doctorate of medicine in recognition of her contribution to HIV/AIDS research.

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Unlike plagues of the past, which have often been equalisers, indiscriminately killing nobility and working class, young and old, this modern plague kills very differently, write Michael Kirby and Mark Dybul.

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