AIDS/HIV

‘With COVID-19, people with HIV were scared of losing access to medicines’

When COVID-19 locked down Cambodia last year, people with HIV were afraid that they would lose lifesaving access to regular supplies of anti-retroviral drugs.

Fortunately, that never happened, thanks to a successful new medicines distribution scheme - and a little bit of help from social media platforms too - as UNAIDS country director Vladanka Andreeva told UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 11 January 2021

  • WHO’s Tedros welcomes China announcement on COVID-19 team visit 
  • UNAIDS unveils new targets on HIV prevention amid rise in stigma  
  • Rights expert calls for reversal of Israel’s eviction order against 16 Palestinian families 
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News in Brief 26 November 2019

  • HIV in decline worldwide but thousands of children still being infected
  • ‘Climate procrastination’ means we now need to cut emissions by more than half, urge UN climate experts
  • Yemen’s warring parties must de-escalate, urges UN head of ceasefire mission
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UN health agency ‘strongly recommends’ dolutegravir antiretroviral medication to manage HIV

Based on new evidence, the United Nations health agency on Monday announced it was recommending the use of the antiretroviral drug dolutegravir (DTG) – which, with other medication, treats HIV/AIDS – as the preferred first- and second-line treatment for all cases, including pregnant women and those who have the potential to give birth.  

UN’s AIDS agency ‘greatly encouraged’ by latest scientific breakthrough showing cure is possible

The UN agency leading the global effort to end AIDS, said on Tuesday that a new case of a patient who has been “functionally cured” of HIV infection, is greatly encouraging, but there is still a long way to go before the illness can be eradicated.

World response to AIDS epidemic at a ‘critical juncture’

Thirty years after the first World AIDS Day, the HIV response stands at a crossroads,  UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, marking this year’s commemorations.

‘No cure’ for HIV in Zimbabwe says UN, following claims from local preacher

The United Nations in Zimbabwe is reaffirming that people living with HIV and AIDS need to continue with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections, after a local preacher reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of an herbal cure.

HIV, AIDS treatment at “tipping point” for first time: UNAIDS chief

Significant progress has been made on the HIV and AIDS fronts, but they are illnesses that cannot be forgotten.

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Russia moving “from despair to hope” in fight against HIV/AIDS

Russia is moving “from despair to hope” in its efforts to address HIV/AIDS, a senior UN official has said.

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