The 2016 International Aids conference gets going in Durban

The 2016 International Aids conference kicked off on Monday in Durban. This gathering brings together those working in the field of HIV, policymakers, and people living with HIV, in a common purpose. The goal is to find strategies to manage and end the epidemic.

CapeTalk's Africa Melane spoke to Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, Director at HEAIDS (Higher Education & Training HIV/AIDS Programme).

According to Dr Ahluwalia, the conference is an important platform where the world can learn from South Africa and vis-à-vis. He says although South Africa has the biggest epidemic, it has also the biggest treatment programme for its people.

To all the scientists that have come here, do not let this evidence just go down into the book. But it needs to be drilled down to communities, so that communities could learn from them

Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, Director at HEAIDS

Dr Ahluwalia says they will be popularising the message among the youth that "Early detection saves life".

One of the sessions will focus on the latest in HIV science, policy and practice, and will also seek to share key research findings, lessons learned, best practices, and identify knowledge gaps.

There will also be a focus on the legal position of sex workers, and the roll out of government's sex worker HIV plan.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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