UNICEF hails South Africa’s new strategy for tackling HIV/AIDS

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has applauded the big leap taken by the South African Government towards achieving universal access to treatment for HIV for the country’s women and children living with the virus.

UN-backed report urges Pacific nations to scale up response to HIV/AIDS

A new United Nations-backed report calls on countries in the Pacific Ocean region to scale up their response to HIV and AIDS, which is being fuelled in the region by violence against women, stigma and unprotected sex.

Discrimination only fuels HIV/AIDS epidemic, UN officials say

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today led senior United Nations officials in marking World AIDS Day by calling for an urgent end to discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS to help combat the spread of the disease.

UN issues new guidelines for earlier start to treatment of HIV/AIDS

On the eve of World AIDS Day, the United Nations today issued new recommendations for fighting the pandemic, calling for an earlier start to treatment for adults and adolescents, as well as urging HIV-positive mothers and their infants to take antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) while breastfeeding to prevent transmission.

UN reports promising trend in HIV infection rates, record numbers living with virus

The trend in new HIV infections around the world has slowed markedly over the past eight years, according to a United Nations report released today, which also notes that more people than ever before are living with the virus.

UN-backed Global Fund awards $2.4 billion to fight killer diseases over next two years

The United Nations-backed Global Fund today announced that it has approved new grants worth $2.4 billion to projects aimed at fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in low-income countries over the next two years.

Ban congratulates US leader for lifting entry restriction based on HIV status

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated United States President Barack Obama for announcing that travel restrictions for people living with HIV from entering the country will be removed.

UN welcomes United States removal of entry restriction based on HIV status

The United Nations agency spearheading the world body’s efforts to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic today welcomed the decision of the United States to remove 22-year-old entry restrictions based on HIV status.

Top UN AIDS official urges India not to waver in fight against epidemic

The role of India’s political leadership is vital to ensure that the country with the highest number of HIV-infected people in Asia achieves its goals of universal access to prevention, care and treatment by 2010, according to a top United Nations AIDS official.

At least 4 million receiving AIDS drugs, but millions more lack access, UN reports

Over 4 million people are now receiving treatment for HIV, marking a nearly 40 per cent jump from the previous year, but at least 5 million others still do not have access to much-needed medicines, according to a new United Nations report issued today.