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  • World AIDS day commemoration December 1, 2011

    Posted by Agatha / on 11/21/2011 / 0 Comments

    It is now 30 years - June 5, 1981 - since the first aids case was published by the Centre for Disease Control. It became known as Gay-related immune deficiency (GRID). Today, this disease knows no boundaries and can affect and/or infect anyone.  At the end of 2010, it is estimated that 34 million people globally living with HIV, there were 2.7 million new HIV infections, and 1.8 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses.

    UN AIDS report that "the overall growth of the global aids epidemic appears to have stabilized. The annual number of new HIV infections has been steadily declining ..

  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities Among Children with Diagnoses of Perinatal HIV Infection --- 34 States, 2004--2007

    Posted by Agatha / on 02/05/2010 / 0 Comments

    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


    Early in the epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the United States, racial/ethnic disparities were observed in the diagnoses of AIDS among adults and children (1). Since the early 1990s, the annual number of diagnoses of perinatally acquired AIDS and HIV infection has declined by approximately 90% in the United States as a result of routine HIV screening of pregnant women and the availability of effective interventions to prevent transmission (2,3). To characterize the most recent trends in diagnoses of perinatal HIV infection by race/ethnicity, CDC analyzed national ..

  • UNAIDS staff member carries Olympic Flame in Calgary

    Posted by Agatha / on 01/21/2010 / 0 Comments

    Eric Sawyer handing over the Olympic flame.
    Credit: UNAIDS

    UNAIDS staff member Eric Sawyer carried the Olympic Flame in Calgary, Canada on 20 January as part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay leading up to the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, to be held from 12-28 February.

    Prior to working for UNAIDS he founded three HIV organizations in the US, including ACT UP/New York -- an international advocacy group working to defend the rights of people living with HIV. He has been living with HIV for the past 30 years.

    By working together in the spirit of the core ..

  • News on HIV in South Africa and Bahrain

    Posted by Agatha / on 12/03/2009 / 0 Comments

    Wall Street Journal
    Zuma, Reversing Course, Expands HIV Treatment
    The South African president pledged to expand treatment to all HIV-positive babies and other at-risk individuals, the latest step in his effort to reverse Mbeki's disastrous HIV/AIDS policies. A team of Harvard researchers estimated last year that more than 330,000 South Africans died from 2000-2005 because they couldn't get access to antiretroviral drugs in time. Mr. Mbeki has declined to comment on the report. [2 Dec]

    Inter Press Service (Bahrain)
    Men Bring HIV Home
    Bahrain's maternity hospitals will not admit HIV/AIDS patients. Women are bothered by the prospect of being forced to ..


    Posted by Agatha / on 12/01/2009 / 0 Comments

    Financial Times special Report on ‘Combating AIDS'

    - Funding fears overshadow progress
    With debates over past performance, current trends and future sustainability, the chief of UNAIDS and others leading the war against HIV/Aids face a time of reckoning after the rapid surge in political support and funding since the start of the decade. As the demands for money spiral, the global financial crisis has compounded an underlying debate about how best to channel future support to international health and development. "If people move out of Aids, we'll find ourselves with one of the biggest social catastrophes possible," he warns.

    - Drugs: ..

  • We commemorate World Aids Day

    Posted by Agatha / on 11/23/2009 / 1 Comment

    Dear Members,

    I'd like to encourage all of us to be part of this endeavour in whatever way we can.  Several countries around the world have already commemorated this day.  The official UN Day is December 1. Marble Collegiate Church in New York commemorates this day on November 30th. Please visit the church's website below. 

    I am also sharing with you another website that gives us a glimpse of 2008 commemoration.

    Let's work together to combat this pandemic.

    Thank you.



  • HIV/AIDS travel ban lifted

    Posted by Agatha / on 10/30/2009 / 0 Comments

    October 30, 2009 9:25 p.m. EDT

    Obama to lift HIV/AIDS travel ban Source: President Obama announced Friday that he will lift a 22-year-old ban on entry into the United States for people infected with HIV/AIDS.



  • The world goes 'handwashing'

    Posted by Agatha / on 10/16/2009 / 1 Comment

    Source:  Los Angeles Times - 1 day ago

    Hand-washing day good, healthy fun

    In Japan, every day is hand-scrubbing, mask-wearing day. But the nation got into the spirit of Global Hand Washing Day anyway with a special dance, DVDs, posters and pamphlets. There was a special dance created by a well-known choreographer, as well as DVDs, special posters and pamphlets. Masks and a "cough etiquette" campaign are already ubiquitous. As is lots and lots of soap.Los Angeles Times - Oct 15 6:02 PMJapan takes hand washing to new level


    Hand-washing day good, healthy fun


  • OPINION: HIV vaccine—a public good to right a global wrong

    Posted by Agatha / on 10/13/2009 / 0 Comments

    Source: UNAIDS

    2 October 2009


    By Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Geneva, Switzerland

    The promise of a vaccine against HIV has got one step closer. Results from the largest vaccine trial ever conducted show a modest but encouraging 31% efficacy in preventing new HIV infections in Thailand. This has vindicated thousands of scientists and volunteers who have been hoping that a safe and highly effective HIV vaccine is possible.

    An acceptable vaccine is not yet ready, but let us prepare today for tomorrow. Let us learn from the lessons of ..

  • Music stars can be role models for young people on HIV

    Posted by Agatha / on 10/13/2009 / 0 Comments

     Source: UNAIDS

    - Music stars participating at the MTV Africa Music Awards

    (MAMAs) ceremony, being held tomorrow in Nairobi, Kenya, can have a significant impact in

    educating young people about HIV and changing their behaviour, according to UNAIDS

    Executive Director Michel Sidibé. The event will be aired worldwide with an estimated TV

    audience of 1 billion viewers.

    Today, young people aged 15 to 24 account for 45% of new HIV infections worldwide. Many

    of them lack basic knowledge about HIV prevention. Data from 64 countries indicate that

    only 40% of males and 38% of females aged 15 to 24 ..


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