Thousands of HIV/AIDS advocates “marched through Vienna’s city centre on Tuesday evening, demanding more respect for human rights in the fight against HIV,” Agence France-Presse reports.
AIDS 2010 Studies, Releases: PMTCT, Treating Children, Male Circumcision; National Prevention Programs; IDUs
“In parts of Africa, only about half of babies born to mothers with HIV receive the HIV prevention drug nevirapine,” according to a study published Wednesday, HealthDay News/U.S. News & World Report reports.
The six-day International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 kicked off Sunday in Vienna, Austria “amid resurgent fears that advances in the 29-year war against the disease were threatened by a slump in funding,” Agence France-Presse reports.
“Having HIV appears to be associated with a greater risk of death, even when the immune system is relatively robust and patients have not started treatment,” according to a study published Friday in the Lancet, MedPage Today reports (Smith, 7/15).
“The national strategy for combatting HIV and AIDS the Obama administration released Tuesday credits the Bush-era international campaign against AIDS for setting clear targets and ensuring a variety of agencies and groups worked together smoothly to achieve them,” the Associated Press writes in a piece that examines how PEPFAR served to inform the national strategy.
U.N. Report Released Ahead Of International AIDS Conference: HIV Prevalence Drops Among Young Africans
The number of new HIV infections among young people in Africa is falling in most of the “25 countries hardest hit by the virus,” according to a report released Tuesday by UNAIDS, the Associated Press reports.
President Barack Obama plans to “unveil the first formal national HIV/AIDS strategy on Tuesday, a plan that aims to reduce the number of new cases [in the U.S.] by 25 percent in the next five years, officials said,” the Washington Post reports.
CIDRAP News examines a recently-released WHO report on how donor countries and organizations have responded to the needs of developing countries during the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic.
Ahead of the International AIDS Conference, set for July 18-23 in Vienna, Austria, Reuters features an interview with Gottfried Hirnschall, the WHO’s director of HIV/AIDS, who speaks of the need for current funds for the global HIV/AIDS programs to be used more efficiently to achieve universal access to treatment for all HIV/AIDS patients.
The World Bank, WHO and UNAIDS on Monday released a joint report that pulls together data characterizing the HIV/AIDS epidemic from 23 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, IRIN reports (6/30).