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PlusNews Weekly Issue 211, 10 December 2004

1. Spotlight on MTCT

The Science and Development Network recently released a 'spotlight' on mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV, which brings together news, opinion and information on the latest research and international guidelines on the prevention of MTCT.

The spotlight contains:
  • a comprehensive introduction to issues around breast-feeding and drug therapy, including an overview of current guidelines on antiretrovirals
  • essential background reading on the basic science of MTCT and its prevention, as well as antiretrovirals, microbicides and vaccine development
  • up-to-date news, features and opinion articles on MTCT, and links to key organisations in the field

The spotlight is a new addition to their HIV/AIDS 'quick guide', which charts recent research developments and indicates promising new avenues of treatment by bringing together topical coverage and background resources. It also includes a further two spotlights on vaccines and microbicides in developing countries.

To access the MTCT spotlight: www.scidev.net

For further details, contact: or register to receive regular updates at: www.scidev.net.

2. Society for Women and AIDS in Africa conference

The 10th International Conference of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) takes place in Kigali, Rwanda, at the Kigali Intercontinental Hotel from 22 to 26 May 2005.

The theme of the conference is "Empowering Women for Prevention, Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS: Strategies for success". This conference is not only an occasion for improving knowledge on HIV/AIDS, but also an opportunity for technically empowering women.

For more information on the conference: www.swaa.org.rw

3. South African AIDS Conference

Registrations and abstract submissions are now open for the second South African AIDS Conference.

"Unity and Accountability" is the theme of the 2005 event, to be held at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 7 to 10 June 2005.

Register now to be part of the more than 4000 delegates expected to participate in this meeting, which aims to marshal the best of knowledge, practice and research on HIV/AIDS into further united action and implementation, and to spur a new spirit of unity and accountability for all.

There is a subsidised early registration fee for all registrations received before 28 February 2005. Visit the SA AIDS Conference website www.sa-aidsconference.com for more information.

Important dates:

28 February 2005
- Closing date for early registrations
- Closing date for scholarship applications
- Abstract submissions close
- Regular registrations open
- Closing date for registration cancellations with 90 percent refund

31 March 2005
- Abstract notifications
- Scholarship notifications

24 May 2005
- Closing date for preconference registrations
- Delegates may only register at the conference from this date onwards

For more information:
The Secretariat:
Tel: +27 12 4812094
Fax: +27 12 4812133
Website: www.sa-aidsconference.com


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