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UNAIDS calls for greater urgency as global gains slow and countries show mixed results towards 2020 HIV targets

The pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to treatment and ending AIDS-related deaths is slowing down according to a new report released today by UNAIDS. 

17 July 2019
UNAIDS press release
Louisiana HIV Rates Are the Lowest in a Decade

Doctors attribute the drop to increased testing and U=U.

10 July 2019
Russia's HIV Epidemic is Growing, Affecting Older Citizens

HIV infections are on the rise and are increasingly affecting Russia’s older population, according to a consumer watchdog report cited by the RBC news website.

07 July 2019
Moscow Times
HIV diagnoses in Australia drop to lowest number in 18 years

Australia continues to lead the world in HIV prevention and in 2018 recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses since 2001. According to a report released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney, last year there were 835 HIV diagnoses across the country, which represents a decline of 23% over five years.

03 July 2019
University of New South Wales
HIV rates rise among Middle East sex workers and clients

Poor access to HIV services for Middle East female sex workers is contributing to the spread of infection.

02 July 2019
Nature Middle East
Young sex workers and gay men in Cameroon – at-risk, but with no services

New study highlights unmet HIV prevention and treatment needs of young key affected populations in Cameroon.

01 July 2019
India: Developed, urbanized districts have high HIV prevalence

A new study has found that underlying factors for the epidemic also vary from region to region, and region-specific strategies may be necessary for HIV control. There is high prevalence of HIV in 63 districts in South and North-east regions of the country, the study has found. Of them, “better developed, urbanised districts with large population size, better socio-economic status of population are more likely to have consistently high HIV prevalence levels.” While planning HIV control strategies, the focus should be on districts which are showing signs of rapid urbanisation and socio-economic development, the study has suggested.

25 June 2019
India Science Wire
Exclusive: North Korea claimed to be free of HIV. But infections appear to be surging

If HIV infections continue to climb, North Korea could take draconian measures “to contain the disease at all costs,” Taehoon Kim warns. North Korean statutes permit the government to move ill people against their will or deport them, he notes.

25 June 2019
Low trust in vaccines 'a global crisis'

Public mistrust of vaccines means the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against deadly yet preventable infectious diseases, warn experts. A Wellcome Trust analysis includes responses from more than 140,000 people in over 140 countries. Eastern Europe was the world region most sceptical of vaccines, with only 50% of people confident vaccines were safe, with Western Europe in second place, at 59%. People in France were also among the most likely to disagree that vaccines were effective, at 19%, and to disagree that vaccines were important for children to have, at 10%. The World Health Organization lists vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health.

19 June 2019
South Africa: New HIV estimates shows too many people are still not on treatment

South Africa has made great strides in scaling up HIV testing and increasing HIV suppression in patients receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART), but is still struggling to reach ART coverage targets and is falling short of HIV prevention goals. This is according to new findings from the Thembisa model of HIV in South Africa presented today at the 9th South African AIDS Conference held in Durban.

17 June 2019
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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