Hour 1: The woman who discovered HIV explains why it is still here today

Dean Beck speaks with Nobel Laureate Franҫoise Barré-Sinoussi about discovering the virus that causes AIDS 30 years ago, and the endless challenges that HIV continues to present globally. While praising the tremendous impact that medical advancements have had on the lives of those living with HIV, our guests reinforce the need for all people to know their HIV status.Accessibility to rapid and home testing is universally accepted by our guests, as is the need to normalise testing, if “getting to zero” is ever to be achieved. Professor Barré-Sinoussi explains how the HIV epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region differs from that in sub-Saharan Africa.

More than half of all new HIV diagnoses worldwide are in young people, and Craig McClure from UNICEF highlights this emerging issue. Ahead of the AIDS 2014 conference in July 2014, Mr McClure encourages youth to think globally and act locally. Figures released recently by UNICEF show a 50 per cent increase in HIV- and AIDS-related deaths among those aged 11 to 19. AIDS 2014 will have a strong youth contingent and UNICEF will again be sponsoring youth scholarships.

Brent Allan reinforces the need for HIV-positive voices to be front and centre at AIDS 2014. He also draws attention to the need for schools to play a greater role in the education of children about sexual health and relationships.

Guests

Franҫoise Barré-Sinoussi
President of the International AIDS Society, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, co-chair of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014)
Craig McClure
UNICEF Associate Director and Chief of HIV & AIDS Section in the Programme Division
Brent Allan
Executive Officer of Living Positive Victoria, co-chair of the AIDS 2014 Community Program

 Hosted by Dean Beck

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