AIDS

Doctors' HIV treatments nearly as effective as advanced therapies – UN

Treatment of HIV-infected people by doctors looking for simple signs of deteriorating health – such as weight loss or fever – are almost as effective as those relying on advanced laboratory tests, a new United Nations-backed paper has found.

Workplace attitudes to HIV/AIDS vastly improved, reports UN labour agency

Effective HIV policies have led to more supportive attitudes at the workplace towards co-workers living with the virus, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) says in a new report.

UN report cites major gains in treating women and children with AIDS

A United Nations report released today shows progress in treating children with AIDS and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but urges greater efforts to stem the tide of the global epidemic.

Lesotho fourth country to see (RED) funds to fight AIDS, UN says

The southern African nation of Lesotho has become the fourth country assisted by the United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to receive funds from the consumer-driven (PRODUCT) RED initiative.

Burkina Faso’s children educate children about HIV in UN-supported project

Thousands of children in Burkina Faso are taking part in peer education programmes to promote awareness among the country’s young about the scourge of HIV/AIDS under a project backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

New UN-backed report calls for more effective response to stem AIDS in Asia

Unless Asia mounts a more effective response to stem the tide of HIV and AIDS, 8 million more people in the region could find themselves newly infected by 2020, according to a new report presented today to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Countries must do more to protect mothers and children from HIV/AIDS – UN

With over 1,100 children being infected with HIV daily, United Nations organizations have appealed to countries to bolster efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmissions (PMTCT) of the virus.

UN agencies urge bolstered respect for human rights regardless of HIV status

Two United Nations agencies have issued a joint call to boost protection of the human rights of people regardless of their sexual orientation or their actual or presumed HIV status.

Massive global health worker shortage targeted at UN-sponsored meeting

With nearly 60 countries, mostly in Africa, facing crippling health care shortages, and the global deficit of workers in the sector put at 4 million, the United Nations is pushing ahead with a so-called task shifting programme to quickly train primary care personnel.