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.
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.
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.
Significant progress has been made on the HIV and AIDS fronts, but they are illnesses that cannot be forgotten.
That’s the view of UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, who said that for the first time, there are more people in Tanzania receiving treatment for HIV and AIDS than those still waiting for help.
UNAIDS estimates 1.5 million people there are living with HIV.
Mr Sidibé said the key to winning the epidemic is reaching adolescents.
Russia is moving “from despair to hope” in its efforts to address HIV/AIDS, a senior UN official has said.
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, was recently in Moscow for the 5th Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference.
The meeting focused on the urgent measures the region must take to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).