The new series of the Lancet medical journal, argues that achieving an AIDS-free generation will not be possible unless the rights of sex workers are recognised.
Researchers state that sex workers face violence and discrimination and are not able to access the care, treatment and prevention measures they need.
The series presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia, shows that people who sell sex - whether in high or low income countries - are faced with an inconsistent risk and burden of HIV, much of the problem, the authors say, has to do with ‘repressive and discriminatory law, policy and practice.’
To read the article titled, “Sex workers seek HIV prevention,” click here.Source:All Africa
According to the United Nations, AIDS-related deaths and further infections are on the decline worldwide.
At the opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, international actors emphasised the need to intensify the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) highlighted the progress made globally, and especially in developing countries.
To read the article titled, “Beating AIDS worldwide, NGOs still alarmed,” click here.Source:Euractiv
Campaigners at the World AIDS Conference are taking aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that let HIV spread like poison.
Powerfully mixing concerns over human rights and health, the issue threatens to divide western donor countries where gay equality is making strides from poor beneficiary nations where anti-gay laws persist or have been newly passed.
Nobel laureate, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who co-discovered HIV and co-chairs the six-day conference, seized the opening ceremony to lay down a barrage of fire at laws targeting minorities who bear a disproportionate share of the global pandemic.
To read the article titled, “AIDS event attacks homophobia,” click here.Source:BDLive
According to a study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, looking into the global burden of disease with a particular focus on HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, new HIV infections in South African children under five years old have dropped by more than three quarters between 2003 and 2013, from 56 000 to 7 600.
The authors of the study argue that the decrease in HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths in this age group is likely a result of the country’s ‘expanded access to child-focused intervention’ such as the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes.
Christopher Murray, IHME director and an author of the study believes the global investment in HIV treatment is saving lives rapidly, but notes that the quality of antiretroviral programmes varies widely and in order to reduce HIV-related deaths even further, the country needs to learn from the best programmes and do away with the worst ones.
To read the article titled, “HIV infections in children under five down by over three quarters,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The United Nations (UN) says that the global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by over a third in a decade, the UN says as it voiced hope of wiping out the killer disease.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) executive director, Michel Sidibe, says global effort to beat the pandemic has made huge strides, though the battle is far from over with 35 million people still living with HIV worldwide.
Sidibe is optimistic that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible, “We have a fragile five-year window to build on the rapid results that been made. The next five years will determine the next 15.”
To read the article titled, “Ending AIDS epidemic is possible,” click here.Source:IOL News
Countries have to test for HIV at least 90 percent of their populations and make sure that 90 percent of HIV positive people are on treatment.
This is one of the bold and ambitious targets set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) at the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
After about three decades of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the United Nations has now called on countries to end the scourge of this disease.
To read the article titled, “UNAIDS pushes for an end to Aids epidemic,” click here.Source:SABC News
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Malawi’s Department of Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in the Office of the President and Cabinet’s principal secretary, Edith Mkawa, blames the mechanisms utilised to dispatch messages of HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s as a contributing factor to the increased transmission of the virus in that country.
Mkawa has been quoted as saying that attributes that people in the country do not fully understand the concepts of HIV and AIDS because of traditional norms which influenced the spread of the disease.
She states that: "People are resisting from adapting to change to protect themselves from contracting HIV, though they know HIV is deadly; however, this depends on how they understand the concept of HIV/AIDS in the first place."
To read the article titled, “Unsafe sex irks HIV/AIDS fighters,” click here.Source:All Africa
Research conducted by the Department of Health in 2012 revealed that over 400 000 South African children under the age 15 in South Africa were HIV-positive.
The Alliance Against HIV/AIDs, a Northern Cape based non-governmental organisation (NGO), says over 80 percent of caregivers in the province are withholding this information from children.
The organisation’s spokesperson, Mpho Lekgetho, warns the affected people of the dangers of withholding such information.
To read the article titled, “'Stigma' blamed for not disclosing HIV status to infected children,” click here.Source:SABC News
The Badilika Foundation, a faith-based organisation working to transform lives of sex workers, states that Malawi will not win the fight against HIV and AIDS unless sex workers are empowered to demand safe sex as one way of HIV reducing transmission.
The foundation’s executive director, Forbes Msiska, argues that, "Clients of these sex workers are mostly married men who have stable families and failure to empower them to demand condom usage is likely to lead to many innocent partners at home getting infected as the client will get infected and later infect their partners."
Msiska further adds that the organisation is working through six community discussion forums in Blantyre City where counselling sessions, condom negotiation training, and condom distribution to help sex workers practise safe sex are held.
To read the article titled, “Empower sex workers to demand safe sex - Badilika Foundation,” click here.Source:All Africa