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World AIDS Day: On the fast track to end AIDS

November 30, 2015

Health officials, governments and advocacy groups are focused on the global commitment to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has recently released a report showing that countries are adopting fast-tracking approaches to increase the number of people on life-saving HIV treatment. Several SFU researchers are available to comment on delivering treatment services to key populations and HIV vaccine development.

Shira Goldenberg, a health sciences researcher, can discuss vulnerability, prevention, and treatment efforts for HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and viral hepatitis among marginalized women affected by and living with HIV and related health issues, including migrant women, sex workers, and women living with HIV.  She can also comment on the ways in which the broader human rights environment and socio-political context shapes women’s risk of these conditions, as well as their access to health and social services.

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Robert Hogg, a health sciences professor and senior scientist in the Epidemiology and Population Health program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), can discuss the ongoing health inequities among vulnerable HIV-positive populations in Canada. Such groups include gay and bisexual men, individuals over 50, Aboriginal British Columbians and injection drug users.



Ralph Pantophlet, a health sciences professor, can talk about why developing an effective vaccine against HIV/AIDS remains a challenge. His research team is investigating the immunological potential of engineered proteins and sugar molecules to induce broadly reactive anti-HIV antibodies. His research will help to fuel the design of a vaccine and may also inform strategies for targeting other important viruses.

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Kate Salters, a health sciences doctoral student, can talk about trends in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV in Canada, and barriers that can reduce risks of sexual exposure to infections. She can also discuss reproductive health outcomes for women living with HIV, as well as her latest research findings which show that HIV-positive women face higher rates of cancer.