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UK’s infected blood scandal could and should have been avoided, inquiry finds

London, UK Reuters An infected blood scandal in Britain was no accident but the fault of doctors and a succession of governments that led to 3,000 deaths and thousands more contracting hepatitis or HIV, a public inquiry reported on Monday. Inquiry chair Brian Langstaff said more than 30,000 people received infected blood and blood products […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Africa 3rd Symposium on Misleading Theologies1

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 […]

COVID-19 took toll on AIDS fight, UNAIDS chief says; Pope calls for solidarity with victims

Vatican Pope Francis December 2021

Chicago, USReuters New infections and deaths from HIV/AIDS may increase as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted prevention measures, said UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima in an interview airing on Wednesday at the Reuters Next conference. ON WORLD AIDS DAY, POPE CALLS FOR RENEWED SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS Pope Francis on Wednesday called for a renewed solidarity […]

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 […]