the ASHM team

Dr. Michael Bourke
GP/HIV S100 Prescriber
Levinia Crooks
Dr. Julian Elliott
Clinical Research
Dr. Martin Holt
Social Scientist
Dr. Sharon Lewin
Former ASHM President
Dr. Phillip Read
Sexual Health Physician
Edward Reis
ASHM International
A/P Heather Worth
HIV Research
  Dr. Edwina Wright
ASHM President

 Report-back posts

5 days in Washington: feathers, faith and financiers

The Opening Ceremony:  First, a rant…there is a history to AIDS and Sunday night in Washington that history was reconstructed. It was reconstruct

Time to go :-(

I’m off to the airport now- and missing Bill Clinton’s closing speech . Thanks to those people who read these posts-It’s been a great conference, so h

Building Bridges and adios DC

Building Bridges: HIV and non-communicable diseases. My last day in Washington DC and although I am sorry to leave I am keen to return to Australi

Late breakers

Yesterday afternoon climaxed with some exciting late breaker oral presentations. Headlines are: CONSORT study- This study showed that isoniazid prop

AIDS2012 - day 6 - Approaches to HIV and aging

It has been a wonderful yet wearing conference attended by over 23,000 people. We now look forward to the AIDS 2014 conference in our own Melbourne, A

International AIDS Society Conference - Day 4 - Call to sign DC declaration

The day held many highlights. There was ongoing discussion on the importance of the international community continuing to partner in the continui

Working towards AIDS 2014 in Melbourne

An early morning blog spawned by a salty dash of guilt for not having reported back much this time around and a state of not-being-able-to sleep. T

Including sex workers, drug users and MSM in prevention and treatment

Fabulous plenary session in more way than one this morning. The first three speakers spoke passionately about the inclusion of marginalised population

Best posters of the day

The best posters of the day were invited to give a 5 minute speech. I thought these two might interest you as much as they did me. 1)  &nbs

More women’s stuff- hormonal contraception and HIV risk.

You’re probably aware that 3 studies were published in the last few months linking, particularly injectable contraception, to HIV transmission and sus

Breastfeeding and HIV risk to babies

The issue of breastfeeding for HIV positive mums was discussed in detail at a special session today. I tend to forget the legacy of previous advice to

PEP, PrEP and HIV testing

This conference is a marathon. Day 4 and I am exhausted. So many people, protests and presentations to attend - it's quite overwhelming. One of the hi

HIV and Aging -Together we are > than AIDS

Plummets in Vit D, increased kidney stones, increased fractures (more than half do not have osteoporosis, 13% vs 5%), direct cellular aging as measure

Drugs and therapies

Drugs and therapeutic challenges were the themes of this morning’s session. The plenary started with some excellent overview talks, especially one de

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (Charles Dickens, 1859, “The Tale of Two Cities”) ... The incremental growth of HIV  sci

Retention in care

Earlier today I went to an oral abstract presentation (MOAC03) on Access to and retention of antiretroviral treatment. Despite improved mortality, a

Treatment as prevention discussion

Just got back from a debate on “treatment as prevention”, although the speakers only really disagreed on how easy such a policy would be to achieve, r

Testing questions and treatment as prevention

DC is hotting up. The opening plenary last night was long and impassioned, with various speakers exhorting the audience to 'end AIDS now'. Michel Sidi

Opening ceremony highlights

Hello- and welcome to this conference report. The conference formally opened last night, with speeches from, amongst others, Jim Kim, (the head of th

Hurrah for Us

You would never have known it was a World AIDS conference - the Opening Ceremony was a festschrift  of US backslapping.  While the US was congratulate

Greetings from Washington DC

Greetings from Washington DC. Nice to be back. I used to live here and went to George Washington University as an undergraduate. I couldn’t understand

Reach for the stars, keep your feet on the ground

... So said the former American president Roosevelt. The opening ceremony is going well. It is a hot Washington day. It is now feasible once again fo

MSMGF Pre-conference: stigma and access to prevention

In the US, 60% of new HIV infections are among the 2-5% of adult men who are gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (MSM), and rates of HIV

Welcome to our reportback from AIDS 2012

this is a preliminary announcement just to let you know we will commence the reportback on the conference from the end of the closing ceremony. posts

CROI Opening highlights role of genital inflamation in HIV transmission

Quarraisha and Salim Abdool Karim opened with the N'Galy- Mann lecture. Their talks chronicled 20+ years of HIV research and epidemiology in Africa. T


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