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
The Botswana High Court in Gaborone will on Thursday, 12 June 2014, hear arguments in a case challenging the government's refusal to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign prisoners.
Two foreign HIV-positive prisoners and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) have taken government to court, arguing that the country’s policy of denying ARV treatment to foreign prisoners living with HIV is unlawful and unconstitutional.
BONELA executive director, Cindy Kelemi, says prisoners particularly foreign prisoners are a vulnerable group who usually have no means to access life-saving medication if the government does not supply it.
Meanwhile, Botswana says it is under no legal obligation to provide ARV treatment to foreign inmates.
To read the article titled, "Botswana court to hear arguments in ARV treatment case," click here.Source:SABC News
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Angola has called on pregnant women to adhere to voluntary testing of HIV/AIDS in order to reduce the epidemic by 90 percent by 2015.
Speaking to ANGOP, UNAIDS director, Sihaka Tsemo, pointed out that pregnant women should try to know as early as possible about their HIV status in order to begin treatment immediately and therefore protect their children from the virus.
Tsemo is concerned with some HIV positive people who drop out of antiretroviral therapy in the various health facilities in the country, to traditional treatment, an attitude that has been adversely affecting the clinical condition of many patients.
To read the article titled, “UNAIDS urges pregnant women to adhere to HIV/AIDS test,” click here.Source:All Africa
The National Institute of Combat of AIDS (INLS) says that, at least 200 000 people live with the HIV virus in Angola.
Speaking at a workshop on the strengthening of the actions for the acceleration of the civil society's response to HIV/AIDS, INLS director, Dulcelina Serrano, disclosed that since 2004, the prevalence has risen from 0.6 to 2.3 percent.
Serrano further adds that among HIV-positive pregnant women, the figure stands at 15 300, where 119 400 people need to receive antiretroviral treatment, including pregnant women.
To read the article titled, “Over 200,000 people live with HIV virus,” click here.Source:All Africa
Director of UNAIDS regional support team for eastern and Southern Africa, Professor Sheila Tlou, says she is honoured to be awarded with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Botswana.
Tlou, who received the Non Academic Services Champion award for her outstanding work, says her 28 years of experience has taught her to put other people before herself.
She adds that when she became Botswana's Health Minister in 2004, she saved many lives despite criticism from western countries.
To read the article titled, “UNAIDS director honoured for humanitarian work,” click here.Source:SABC News