Annan urges countries in Middle East, North Africa to provide funds to anti-AIDS fight

The countries of the Middle East and North Africa have an unprecedented opportunity to help the international community in securing resources for the global fight against AIDS, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to ministers gathered in Morocco.

UN agencies join forces with Johnson & Johnson to tackle violence-AIDS link

Two United Nations agencies along with Johnson & Johnson, the global manufacturer and provider of health care products and services, today announced new grants for organizations tackling the perilous correlation between gender-based violence and the spread of HIV and AIDS.

UN agency deplores killing of AIDS activist in Jamaica

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned the murder of an AIDS activist in Jamaica and called on the Government of the Caribbean island to bring his killers to justice and address the homophobia fuelling the spread of the disease.

Some 5,000 attend African meeting on AIDS as authorities prepare for trade talks

Some 5,000 people involved in the international effort to eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa are meeting this week in Nigeria’s capital to examine such issues as how new intellectual property (IP) policies and trade agreements can help ensure that nearly 26 million HIV-infected Africans have access to life-saving drugs.

World AIDS Day marked by UN-supported events, new initiatives worldwide

Under the 2005 banner "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise," the United Nations system around the world today observed World AIDS Day through the launch of new initiatives and through ceremonies at the largest cathedral in New York, cricket stadiums in Lahore and Auckland, and a range of other venues.

UNICEF urges big boost in services to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission

The number of children becoming HIV positive every year – some 600,000 – could be more than halved if infected pregnant women received comprehensive services including anti-retroviral drugs, but less than 10 per cent are now getting them, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

From sex workers to truckers, UN food agency adds AIDS protection to arsenal

Sex workers, truck drivers, store personnel and port workers now all have access to information, counselling on HIV and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases where and when they need it most, thanks to an innovative new project launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners in Malawi.

Comprehensive HIV prevention urgently needed: UN agency head

Responding to a new report on the continued spread of HIV, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said that the epidemic will not be stopped unless leaders at all levels act now to boost comprehensive prevention efforts targeting groups such as women, injecting drug users and sex workers.

Global increase in HIV infection despite a decrease in some countries – UN report

Despite the fact that Kenya, Zimbabwe and some countries in the Caribbean region show declines in HIV infection rates due to behavioral changes, the number of people around the world living with HIV continues to rise past 40 million, its highest level ever, according to a United Nations report released today.

UN agencies to assist El Salvador military with AIDS prevention, sexual health

Two United Nations agencies are signing an agreement today with El Salvador’s Ministry of Defence that will help educate the country’s military about sexual and reproductive health and AIDS prevention.