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WHO warns of growing resistance to GSK’s HIV drug

Reuters The World Health Organization  said on Tuesday resistance to GSK’s HIV drug dolutegravir has exceeded levels observed during its trials, citing observational and survey data received from a few countries. Resistance ranged from 3.9 per cent to 8.6 per cent and reached 19.6 per cent among people who have received and transitioned to a […]

Climate change hitting fight against AIDS, TB and malaria

A sample that tested positive for tuberculosis is seen from a microscope in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 29th March, 2019

London, UKReuters Climate change and conflict are hitting efforts to tackle three of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, the head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has warned.  International initiatives to fight the diseases have largely recovered after being badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Fund’s 2023 results […]

AIDS can be ended by 2030 with investments in prevention and treatment, UN says

A logo is pictured outside a building of the United Nations AIDS agency in Geneva, Switzerland, on 6th April, 2021.

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters It is possible to end AIDS by 2030 if countries demonstrate the political will to invest in prevention and treatment and adopt non-discriminatory laws, the United Nations said on Thursday. In 2022, an estimated 39 million people around the world were living with HIV, according to UNAIDS, the United Nations AIDS program. HIV […]

World leaders pledge billions to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria on UN sidelines

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United Nations/New York City, US Reuters The Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria on Wednesday reached $US14.25 billion pledged as world leaders seek to fight the killer diseases after progress was knocked off course by the COVID-19 pandemic. US President Joe Biden, who hosted the conference in New York on the sidelines of […]

Fight against AIDS, TB and malaria bounced back post-COVID – but not enough

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London, UKReuters Efforts to tackle AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria began to recover last year after being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but the world is still not on track to defeat these killer diseases, according to a report. In its 2022 report, released on Monday, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis […]

African faith leaders combat misleading theologies that promise cures for COVID-19

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Nairobi, Kenya RNS When some African church pastors ordered their followers to eat grass or gulp petrol or even drink poison-laced water, their congregations have obeyed the instructions, thinking the practices would bring them closer to God. Many other pastors take their wellness advice a notch higher, claiming to heal conditions such as disability and […]

Pope Francis praises book detailing LGBTQ ministry during HIV/AIDS pandemic

Vatican Pope Francis August 2021

Vatican CityRNS In a letter to the author of a new book about the Catholic ministry to the LGBTQ community in the United States during the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Pope Francis praised the ministry’s “discreet mercy,” despite stigma and opposition by the church. The book Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories […]