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.
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.
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.
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.
Those rare people who never fall ill with AIDS despite being infected with HIV could be a key to developing a vaccine or even a cure, Nobel prize-winning virologist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi will tell a UNSW symposium.
Genetic mutations that affect our blood cells' haemoglobin are the most common of all mutations. Finding an effective treatment would eliminate the need for lifelong blood transfusions, writes Merlin Crossley.