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‘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 


Moisés Maciel da Silva, 19, from São Paulo, Brazil, found out he was living with HIV when he turned 18 years old.
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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.  

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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.

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 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.

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).