HIV-positive youth in Namibia, Tanzania need greater support from schools – UN

Children and young people living with HIV in Namibia and Tanzania are not getting the kind of moral support they need to further their education, according to the first United Nations report commissioned specifically on the learning needs of this vulnerable group.

Chief of UN agency combating AIDS says disease has been ‘agent for change’

The United Nations agency, charged with coordinating the world body’s fight against HIV/AIDS, has seen a great deal of change since it was launched in 1996, said its outgoing chief.

Greater integration of HIV-infected in Eastern Europe, ex-Soviet states crucial – UN

Discrimination and the social exclusion of people living with HIV are undermining efforts to respond to AIDS in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), one of the few areas in the world where incidence continues to rise, according to a United Nations report released today.

UN-backed AIDS conference in Africa examines progress in combating disease

A United Nations-backed AIDS conference opened in Dakar, Senegal, today, with participants set to discuss how to sustain progress made in preventing new HIV infections and reaching more people with antiretroviral treatment.

On World AIDS Day, UN officials call for continued momentum to tackle disease

Top United Nations officials have marked World AIDS Day today by calling for vigilant efforts to build on earlier successes in the fight against the global epidemic and stressed the need to eliminate discrimination against sufferers of the disease.

Early HIV diagnosis and treatment saves lives of newborn babies – UN report

Early HIV testing and treatment procedures have proved to be life-saving for newborn babies exposed to the virus, according to a United Nations report released today to coincide with World AIDS Day, as several top UN officials warn that much work remains to be done in combating the epidemic.

Understanding most recent HIV infections crucial for further prevention, UN report says

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today called on countries to realign their prevention programmes by better understanding how the most recent infections were transmitted and the reasons why they occurred.

Early testing and access to drugs could slash number of new HIV cases – UN experts

Universal and voluntary testing for HIV and early access to antiretroviral treatment could reduce new cases by 95 per cent within ten years, according to a new study carried out by a group of United Nations experts and published in the medical journal, The Lancet, today.

UN-backed Global Fund awards almost $3 billion to fight killer diseases

The United Nations-backed Global Fund announced today that it has approved 94 new grants worth $2.75 billion to projects aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Secretary-General, drug companies agree to boost efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and top executives from over one dozen global pharmaceutical companies agreed today that greater efforts must be made to combat HIV/AIDS, despite significant strides that have been made in improving access to prevention and treatment.