22 July 2009

Wednesday's Plenary Session

Studies presented in the new operations research track at the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention this week offered new evidence of how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of HIV prevention and treatment scale-up, while demonstrating that HIV programmes are strengthening health systems in low-income countries.

Scientists, implementers, clinicians and community leaders participating in the meeting heard new data on such topics as when to initiate antiretroviral therapy (ART), how best to monitor patients, and ways to expand access to HIV testing. Research also addressed strategies for implementing adult male circumcision and prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes.

A webcast of the session is available here, and the official press release can be found here.

Also at Wednesday's session, the Young Investigator Prize: Women Girls and HIV was presented to Linnet N. Masese (Kenya). More information is available here.

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