June 24th, 2009

Report of LIVING2008: The Positive Leadership Summit

LIVING 2008 – organized by the LIVING 2008 partnership - was a momentous event, the first gathering of positive leaders from around the world in five years. It was an opportunity to take stock of where the PLHIV movement stands, what its challenges are and how to react to them, and where to go from there. The preparations for LIVING 2008 included a gathering of 40 HIV positive leaders entitled “HIV+ Monaco” held in Monaco from 24-26 January 2008.

November 27th, 2008

GNP+ supports WHO recognition of Treatment as Prevention

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) welcomes the assertion from WHO that widespread access to HIV treatment contributes to prevention (a) - but concerns need to be addressed.

GNP+ welcomes the WHO breakthrough in thinking on Treatment as Prevention

Treatment as Prevention is a concept that has been known and lived by people living with HIV (PLHIV) for some time. GNP+ in collaboration with the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) recently finalised a WHO-funded research project(b) in which 51 serodiscordant couples in three countries (South Africa, Tanzania and Ukraine) were interviewed (c), including the role of treatment in their relationships and reproductive choices.

The hypothesis put forward by the WHO mathematical model asserts that universal annual voluntary HIV testing and immediate treatment with ARVs - regardless of CD4 status - could eventually drive the HIV epidemic towards elimination. This assertion is based on an acceptance of the idea that HIV transmission decreases when PLHIV are on treatment.

This is a breakthrough in thinking from the UN agency. GNP+ appreciates that the model indicates clearly that universal voluntary testing and early treatment lead to a significant reduction in HIV transmission.

The positive aspects of this model are that it assumes that testing will become more widely available and that treatment access will improve to the point where everyone who tests HIV positive will have access to ARVs when they choose to commence treatment.

April 21st, 2008

Report HIV+Monaco

As part of the pre-consultations to LIVING2008: the Positive Leadership Summit, GNP+ and Fight AIDS Monaco organised the HIV+Monaco conference. The conference was hosted by HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco. To access the final report and the summary of the conclusions of the working groups, please click here.

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