Theo Smart

I am an activist and medical writer who joined ACT UP New York in 1988 and have more than twenty years of experience writing about HIV treatment for organisations including ACT UP's Treatment & Data Committee, TAG, the PWA Health Group, GMHC, the Physician's Research Network in New York and AmFAR. After the World AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, I moved to Cape Town, Africa, where I became involved in a number of projects including serving as editor of the HIV and AIDS Treatment in Practice (HATIP) and www.aidsmap.com, and working to support National Networks of People Living With HIV participating in the HIV Leadership through Accountability Programme (www.hivleadership.org). At present, I work as a freelance writer/editor primarily interested in the scale up and delivery of patient-centred HIV/TB, improved MCH and other primary health care and treatment services in resource limited settings. I believe access to quality healthcare is a human right and believe that health systems and healthcare workers should be empowered to deliver it.

*FUNDED!* Theo Smart Project #2: Partial support to cover IAS 2013

Background: Again, I realise it is very very late in the game, but I would like to try to raise support to cover the International AIDS Society conference in Kuala Lumpur Reasons for covering the meeting: This is the most important international HIV science meeting which takes place every two years. Date of the conference:

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Gallant et al’s editorial on ART guidelines in resource poor settings

I’m going to take Joel Gallant (who I greatly admire) and colleagues to task a bit for the *tone* and timing of their just published piece in CID, “Universal Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV Infection: Should U.S. Treatment Guidelines Be Applied to Resource‐Limited Settings?”, which states that “new U.S. guidelines recommending ART for all HIV‐infected patients

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Theo Smart Project #1: Reporting on the 6th South African AIDS Conference

Background: I realise it is very very late in the game, but I would like to find support to cover the upcoming South African AIDS Conference in Durban South Africa. Reasons for covering the meeting: This is an important regional meeting that takes place every two years near the eye of the storm for the

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Preliminary 2013 Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines presented at 3rd International Workshop on HIV Treatment as Prevention

WHO’s 2013 antiretroviral therapy (ART) guidelines will recommend earlier initiation of ART (at CD4 counts below 500 cells) but will “still prioritise treating patients who are symptomatic as well as those with CD4 cell counts less than 350,” according to Dr Meg Doherty, of WHO’s HIV Department who presented the yet-to-be-finalised 2013 Antiretroviral (ART) guidelines

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Lance Sherriff, brief bio

Lance Sherriff began reporting on HIV/AIDS almost ten years ago (http://www.aidsmap.com/Cost-of-care-shown-to-be-primary-barrier-to-adherence-in-African-study/page/1416992/). He specialises in recording, photographing and filming conferences and other medical meetings, and performing interviews, then subsequently producing medical transcriptions. If you need to document a meeting or need medical transcription services, please contact him.

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