AIDS

Welcoming results in global AIDS fight, UN urges world not to relent

Significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS has been achieved over the past three decades, but the world must not relent in its efforts to roll back the pandemic, United Nations officials said today, stressing the importance of preventing new infections and deaths.

Achieving AIDS-free generation possible with stepped-up prevention – UN

Although 370,000 children are born with HIV each year, achieving an AIDS-free generation is possible if the world steps up efforts to provide universal access to prevention, treatment and social protection, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Cricketers unite behind UN initiative to support people living with HIV/AIDS

International cricketers will show their support this week for a United Nations-backed initiative supporting people living with HIV and AIDS by wearing red ribbons on their playing shirts during matches.

UN report shows access to HIV services improving in developing countries

A new United Nations report showing significant progress in improving access to HIV/AIDS services in 37 developing countries offers realistic hope for the achievement of universal access, a UN official responsible for battling the pandemic said today.

New funding needed to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, UN chief warns

With 4,500 people dying from tuberculosis every day and a child succumbing to malaria every 45 seconds, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sought to drum up support for a United Nations-backed Fund to combat such lethal diseases.

Vietnamese schoolgirl pens letter on AIDS prevention to capture UN prize

A Vietnamese schoolgirl’s heartfelt letter on AIDS prevention to a well-known Chinese film director has been awarded first prize in the annual letter-writing competition for young people sponsored by the United Nations postal union.

New UN initiative aims to stop tuberculosis deaths among people with HIV

The United Nations and the Stop TB Partnership have agreed to step up joint efforts to halve by 2015 the number of people living with HIV who die from tuberculosis, which accounts for a quarter of all deaths among those living with the virus.

Noting progress to date, Ban urges greater efforts against HIV/AIDS

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said much more remained to be done in the fight against HIV/AIDS despite the significant progress made in reducing the spread of the disease and providing treatment to those infected.

UN agency against HIV voices concern over conviction of Malawian gay couple

The head of the United Nations agency fighting HIV/AIDS has expressed concern over the recent conviction in Malawi of a gay couple and their sentencing to 14 years in jail, warning that it could undermine health-care efforts aimed at helping people living with the disease.

Ban helps breathe new life into fight against HIV, malaria and TB

“We either win this fight or we lose it.” That is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s main message in a new video spotlighting the progress made by the United Nations-backed Global Fund in combating AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.