18-22 July 2016 - Findings from HIV studies and intervention trials involving CPC researchers were presented at The 21st International AIDS Conference, which took place in Durban, South Africa. Prince Harry, Sir Elton John and Ban Ki-moon were among those speaking at the conference which had the theme 'Access Equity Rights Now'. Over 18,000 delegates from around the world listened as Scientists, NGOs, world leaders, policy makers and people living with HIV shared new findings and experiences in order to improve the health and wellbeing of around 36.7 million people living with HIV worldwide.
CPC Professors Nuala McGrath and Vicky Hosegood have been involved several long-term research projects in collaboration with the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, the Human Sciences Research Council and the ALPHA network. Among the work being presented were the first results from two trials; the Uthando Lwethu ("Our Love") randomized controlled trial which aims to increase the rates of couples HIV testing in rural South Africa; and the Treatment as Prevention randomized treatment trial which evaluates the impact of starting antiretroviral therapy immediately after identification of HIV-infection regardless of clinical stage. The studies aim to reduce the numbers of people newly acquiring HIV each year and were conducted in KwaZulu-Natal by consortia of international researchers. Further information about the wider project can be found here.
The AIDS Conference had considerable media coverage and over the course of the week abstracts, presentations and interviews became available to view on the website.