UN-backed AIDS conference in Africa examines progress in combating disease

A United Nations-backed AIDS conference opened in Dakar, Senegal, today, with participants set to discuss how to sustain progress made in preventing new HIV infections and reaching more people with antiretroviral treatment.

Early testing and access to drugs could slash number of new HIV cases – UN experts

Universal and voluntary testing for HIV and early access to antiretroviral treatment could reduce new cases by 95 per cent within ten years, according to a new study carried out by a group of United Nations experts and published in the medical journal, The Lancet, today.

Cambodian women with HIV receive boost from fashion designer and UN agency

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), renowned fashion designer Bibi Russell and Cambodian women living with HIV have joined forces to launch a new line of contemporary bags.

Five community groups honoured with UN-backed prize for AIDS activism

Five community organizations from Ghana, India, Iran, Malawi and Mexico have received special recognition as winners of the Red Ribbon Award, a United Nations initiative that honours outstanding local leadership and action in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Women’s voices must be heard in tackling HIV/AIDS – UN study

Women’s voices are still being left out in the battle against HIV/AIDS, despite frequent calls for their increased participation in determining resource allocation over the disease, according to a new United Nations-backed study.

Ban helps open Global Village at Mexico AIDS summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has helped officially open the Global Village at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, which offers a space for communities living with and affected by HIV, policymakers, researchers and the general public to share information and ideas about the pandemic.

New UN scheme seeks to boost response of national health systems to HIV/AIDS

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a package of priority interventions designed to help low- and middle-income countries move towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.

Ban urges end to prejudice against people living with HIV/AIDS

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for bolstered global efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS, stressing at the world’s largest forum on the pandemic that the virus impedes economic development and that discrimination against people living with HIV remains widespread.

Significant gains in preventing HIV, but not enough – UN report

While there have been significant gains in preventing new HIV infections in a number of heavily-affected countries and reducing the number of AIDS-related deaths, the epidemic is far from over in any part of the world, says a new United Nations report released today.

Mexican hotels join UN campaign on HIV/AIDS

Ahead of a major HIV/AIDS conference that begins next week in Mexico City, the United Nations and the Mexican hotel industry have joined forces to launch a campaign focusing on prevention, awareness-raising and improved workplace policies for those living with the disease.