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Global Fund Releases New Results Data Showing Significant Gains

“The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced new results [on Friday] that show significant gains in the treatment of people living with HIV and in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus,” the Global Fund reports in a press release. “The results show that 5.3 million…

Annual UNAIDS Report Details Progress, Challenges In Global HIV/AIDS Response

The number of new HIV infections “and the number of AIDS-related deaths have been dramatically reduced [worldwide], thanks to expanding access to treatment, the United Nations said in a report issued on Monday,” Reuters reports (9/23). “Worldwide, 2.3 million people were newly infected with the AIDS-causing virus last year, compared…

Much Progress Made Against HIV/AIDS, But Continued Support Needed To Save Lives

Singer and songwriter Annie Lennox and Mitchell Besser, an obstetrician and gynecologist who founded mothers2mothers, a South African-based HIV care and support organization, write about their involvement with HIV/AIDS in the Huffington Post’s “Big Push” blog. “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched in 2002 and the…

Addressing HIV Prevention Among Key Affected Populations ‘Of The Utmost Urgency’

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, recalls a recent International AIDS Society-sponsored meeting in London “on the impact of treatment as prevention (TasP) on Key Affected Populations (KAPS), [which] has the potential…

Collective Global Action Needed To Sustain Progress Against AIDS

Noting “African leadership on AIDS is on the rise while, with some exceptions, political and financial commitment in the wealthiest nations has been stalled since the end of the last decade,” Rob Lovelace, a senior fellow with the Trade Union Sustainable Development Unit, and Gemma Oberth, a senior researcher for…

Washington Post Blog Interviews Elton John About Philanthropic Work Through AIDS Foundation

The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog” interviews Elton John about his philanthropic work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, “a major non-profit working on HIV prevention, as well as care and treatment for those with the disease.” According to the interview transcript, John reflects on funding research for vaccine and antiretroviral development,…

The Atlantic Examines Risk Of HIV Through Marital Sex For Women In Chiapas, Mexico

“[F]or women living in rural Mexico, marital sex represents the single greatest risk for HIV infection,” The Atlantic reports in an article examining the situation in the Mexican state of Chiapas, the poorest in the country. “For married women in Chiapas, abstinence is nearly impossible and condoms are difficult to…

Community Health Workers Key To Reaching Zero New HIV Infections Among Children

“During the upcoming meeting of leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s governments, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] and the private sector should take an important step toward reaching the goal of zero new HIV infections among children,” because after decades of work, this goal can be reached “within the short…

Simian Version Of HIV Vaccine Shows Success; Human Version To Be Developed, Tested

The New York Times reports on the study of a vaccine tested in monkeys infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a close relative of HIV, which showed nine of the 16 monkeys given the vaccine “slowly ‘cleared’ the virus and now appear to be cured.” SIV vaccines often are used…

Global Fund Money Helping Myanmar Provide ART For More People

Al Jazeera examines how a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant is helping Myanmar provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) to its HIV-positive population. “Since 2010, when the Global Fund resumed work after pulling out of the country in 2005 due to government restrictions on its staff, Myanmar has…