AIDS

On World AIDS Day, UNICEF warns of sharp rise in new HIV infections among adolescents

New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 a year by 2030 if progress stalls in reaching adolescents, warns a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today, which is observed annually as World AIDS Day.

Ahead of World AIDS Day, UN chief honoured for work to end epidemic, fight against stigma

Speaking at a special event commemorating World AIDS Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the need to stop stigma and abuse against those living with the disease and to ensure that they receive the care, treatment and protection they are entitled to.

UN health agency issues new guidelines on HIV self-testing

Ahead of World AIDS Day, marked annually on 1 December, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing, which aim to help millions of people know their HIV status and get treatment.

HIV self-test is key to fighting AIDS, says WHO

Encouraging people to test themselves for HIV could be a game-changer in the fight to rid the world of AIDS, UN health experts have said.

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Even as HIV treatment soars, young women still face high infection risk, UN warns

The United Nations warned today that while more people than ever are accessing antiretroviral treatment for HIV, girls aged 15 to 24, transitioning to womanhood, face many HIV-related challenges, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and called for a life-cycle approach to finding solutions for everyone, at all stages of life.

UN-backed AIDS conference closes with calls to end discrimination, bolster HIV care, support

As the 21st International AIDS Conference wrapped up in Durban, South Africa, the Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), Luiz Loures, called for ending discrimination against patients, especially those from the most vulnerable populations.

New drive for paediatric HIV treatment launched at global AIDS conference

A new global push to end paediatric AIDS by 2020 was launched today at the 21st International AIDS Conference, the world’s largest forum devoted to any single health or development issue, said the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today.

Addressing AIDS conference in South Africa, Ban calls for scaling up global response

More than 18,000 global leaders, scientists, advocates, and frontline health workers gathered today in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations-cosponsored international conference on AIDS, to advance knowledge about HIV and build innovative partnerships to strengthen global response to the endemic.

Adolescents are dying of AIDS at an alarming rate, UN agency warns

An average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, which is calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts.

Warning of stalled progress against HIV infections, new UN report urges stepped-up prevention efforts

Globally, new HIV infections among adults and children have been reduced by 40 per cent since the peak in 1997, but the decline among adults has stalled for at least five years, according to a new report from the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response.