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  • A campaign to end AIDS by 2030 is faltering worldwide

    The ambitious campaign to “end AIDS” by 2030 is badly off track, officials said at the International AIDS Conference here last week. Funding for efforts to slow the spread of HIV by treating all infected people has flatlined, and many countries, for a host of reasons, can’t or won’t mount aggressive responses. “We will not be able to meet the prevention goal,” said Michel Sidibé, director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland. “We have a prevention crisis.”

    02 August 2018 | Science
  • AIDS 2018 told the story of a global health crisis

    Held under the theme of “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges,” the real story of this year’s conference was the growing realization that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is in crisis, with 1.8 million new infections in 2017. There are also alarming spikes in new HIV cases among key groups including adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa and drug users in eastern Europe and parts of Asia, according to recent figures from UNAIDS.

    30 July 2018 | Devex
  • Undetectable = untransmittable

    Undetectable = untransmittable is the message of a new UNAIDS Explainer. With 20 years of evidence demonstrating that HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV, the evidence is now clear that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV sexually.

    24 July 2018 | UNAIDS
  • UNAIDS head accused of plotting to dismantle agency

    UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe was accused last night of discussing plans with McKinsey, a management consultant group, to slash UNAIDS staff by 40 percent and reformulate the agency as part of a global public health unit.

    23 July 2018 | Health-e
  • Men with same-sex partners 28 times more likely to get HIV - U.N.

    Men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV than their heterosexual counterparts despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in Western countries, a U.N. report said on Wednesday. The overall annual number of new HIV infections dropped from a high of 3.4 million in 1996 to 1.8m last year, according to UNAIDS, which co-ordinates the organisation's global response to HIV/Aids.

    19 July 2018 | Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • UNAIDS warns that progress is slowing and time is running out to reach the 2020 HIV targets

    New HIV infections are rising in around 50 countries, AIDS-related deaths are not falling fast enough and flat resources are threatening success. Half of all new HIV infections are among key populations and their partners, who are still not getting the services they need

    18 July 2018 | UNAIDS press release
  • UNAids chief refuses to quit over handling of sexual misconduct claims

    The head of UNAids, who has been under pressure to resign over his handling of sexual harassment allegations within the agency, has told the Guardian he will not quit, saying that the HIV epidemic is at a crisis point and there is more work to do.

    18 July 2018 | The Guardian
  • This is why global AIDS interventions fail

    Why does Africa still have such high rates of HIV infection and AIDS morbidity? That’s the question Kim Yi Dionne tackles in her excellent new book, “Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa.” Here’s her compelling argument: Yes, the global response to AIDS is one of the most heavily financed interventions aimed at improving the human condition ever seen. But interventions as they have been carried out to date are doomed — because it’s so hard to coordinate delivery when relying on so many actors.

    17 July 2018 | Washington Post
  • PEPFAR chief wants 70 percent 'indigenous' funding in 30 months

    Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, has directed U.S. agencies involved in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to reach a benchmark of directing 40 percent of their PEPFAR funding to “indigenous” organizations — those based in the developing countries where the programs are operating — in the next 18 months, and to reach 70 percent indigenous funding in the next 30 months.

    17 July 2018 | Devex
  • Viral suppression for HIV treatment success and prevention of sexual transmission of HIV

    The science related to the use of ART as an additional prevention tool is clear: there is no evidence that individuals who have successfully achieved and maintained viral suppression through ART transmit the virus sexually to their HIV-negative partner(s). The preventive benefits of ART should be appropriately emphasized in HIV treatment and prevention programmes.

    16 July 2018 | World Health Organization
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