Male circumcision should never pre-empt other HIV prevention measures, UN warns

United Nations health agencies have given a guarded welcome to United States trials in Africa showing that male circumcision halves the risk of HIV infection in men in heterosexual relations, warning that it should never pre-empt other preventive measures such as the use of condoms.

Southern Africa’s future depends on tackling impact of HIV/AIDS – senior UN official

With more than 3.3 million children in southern Africa already orphaned by HIV/AIDS, the region’s future depends on governments’ halting the disease’s effects and ensuring that orphans receive good nutrition, education and care, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today.

‘Make-it-or-break-it’ AIDS challenge requires extraordinary response: UN agency chief

The head of the main United Nations agency dealing with HIV/AIDS today said the global threat posed by the disease requires an extraordinary response.

UN labour report shows toll taken by AIDS in the workplace

More than 3 million people around the world are unable to work because of illnesses caused by HIV/AIDS, according to a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) which argues that better treatment for sufferers would bring significant benefits for the global economy.

UN-backed fund, American partner ramp up provision of key HIV/AIDS treatment

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and its United States partner announced today that the number of people they are providing with life-extending antiretroviral treatment (ARVs) has reached 1.2 million people – twice the volume of only a year ago.

Actor Rupert Everett becomes Special Representative for UN AIDS agency

The British actor Rupert Everett was today named as a Special Representative for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), tasked with raising public awareness and encouraging the film and broader media industry to participate more in the fight against the pandemic.

On World AIDS Day, UN leaders underline need for accountability

Stressing this year’s theme of accountability, senior officials from across the United Nations system have marked World AIDS Day with calls for international leaders to maintain recent momentum and make good on their promises to ensure greater access to treatment, prevention and support.

Annan urges world leaders to be accountable for promises made on HIV/AIDS

Calling the struggle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic “the greatest challenge of our generation,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan tonight called on international leaders to make sure they deliver on all the promises that their governments have made.

Zambian tailor wins AIDS award for providing orphans with free school uniforms

Six years after a teenage Zambian tailor started using his only sewing machine to make free school uniforms for AIDS orphans, the organization he founded has become one of the first winners of a United Nations prize to honour community groups on the front line of the global fight against the pandemic.

Regional approach key to fight HIV/AIDS in Horn of Africa, UN-backed meeting told

Horn of Africa countries, meeting to combat the alarming spread of HIV/AIDS in a region that has around 2 million people suffering from the disease, have agreed to work together for prevention, according to a joint United Nations effort set up to tackle the scourge.