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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 […]

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 […]

Time is running out, says UN, as HIV/AIDS targets missed

Nigeria Abuja World AIDS Day at the Kuchingoro IDP camp

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation The world has missed ambitious goals to stem the spread of HIV and widen access to treatment, jeopardising a target to end the AIDS pandemic by 2030 unless global efforts are stepped up, the United Nations said on Thursday. Last year, 84 per cent of HIV-positive people knew they had the […]

Coronavirus lockdowns seen increasing HIV risk to women and girls

World AIDS Day Abuja Nigeria

Johannesburg, South AfricaThomson Reuters Foundation Coronavirus lockdowns have hindered the fight against HIV infection in women and girls globally by limiting their access to education and protection from sexual violence, the United Nations warned on Monday. Governments’ focus on tackling the pandemic has also shifted attention and resources away from protecting vulnerable populations from HIV, according […]

UN wants more urgency in AIDS fight as gains and funding fade

AIDS ribbon

LondonReuters The global fight against AIDS is stalling due to lower investment, marginalised communities missing vital health services, and new HIV infections rising in some parts, the United Nations warned on Tuesday.  More than half of all new HIV infections in 2018 were among sex workers, drug users, men who have sex with men, transgender […]

Quick facts: Ten facts to mark the 30th World AIDS Day

Thomson Reuters Foundation The global campaign to end AIDS has made significant strides but the epidemic remains one of the world’s leading public health challenges, affecting almost 37 million people. Campaigners say one of the biggest challenges in the fight to end AIDS is encouraging people to get tested and making them aware of treatment […]

More than half people living with HIV now have access to treatment, says UNAIDS

More than half of all people living with HIV now have access to treatment while AIDS-related deaths have halved since 2005, according to a new UNAIDS report. The report, Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90–90–90 targets, shows that last year 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment and that […]

UNAIDS says Pope’s condom move makes HIV cooperation easier

Geneva/Rome ENInews The head of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, says a statement by Pope Benedict XVI that the use of condoms is justified when intended to reduce “the risk of HIV infection” will make it easier for international organisations to cooperate with faith-based organizations in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  Sidibé is the executive director […]