July 22, 2015

#bearsrepeating: New media at Vancouver focuses on familiar, essential concerns

Written by AVAC

This post originally appeared on AVAC’s website.

The AVAC Twitter feed has been alight over the last several days as the team tries to capture, in 140 characters, some of the key findings and messages coming out of IAS 2015. A quick search of #IAS2015 shows the range of topics covered over days of concurrent sessions running morning to night. A lot has been covered but if one were to—albeit unscientifically—distill key take-homes based on retweets, favorited tweets and Twitter’s “top tweets” some perhaps unusual suspects rise to the top.

AVAC’s second-most-popular tweet of the week wasn’t on the exciting data from START, the final results of HPTN 052 or the announcement that a young woman remains “in remission” after 11 years. In fact, it was a tweet on the qualitative data presented from the ADAPT study. It noted a simple finding on a complex issue: the need for interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma to help ensure PrEP success.

Looking beyond the AVAC Twitterverse, among the top tweets when searching the #IAS2015 hashtag is one from UN Women linking out to data on barriers some women still face when trying to initiate and stay on treatment (and AVAC covered in an earlier IAS blog post).

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