On World AIDS Day, UN officials say end to epidemic is within reach

As the world heads into the fourth decade of AIDS, it is finally in a position to end the epidemic, Ban Ki-moon said today, leading a chorus of UN officials in calling for the political will, investments and determination to reach this goal.

Efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS are yielding progress – UN report

Global efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS are showing optimistic results, but transformative efforts are needed to accelerate progress, according to the latest UN report on the fight against the disease.

British entrepreneur Branson backs UN campaign against HIV discrimination

British business entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson today threw his support behind a United Nations-backed drive to rid the world finally of the remaining discriminatory laws that keep people from visiting, or living and working in countries solely because they are HIV positive.

UN official urges Mozambique to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention programmes

The head of the United Nations agency mandated to spearhead the global response to HIV/AIDS today commended Mozambique for its commitment to fighting the disease while stressing the need to strengthen prevention programmes.

AIDS epidemic at critical juncture in Asia-Pacific region, says new UN report

The AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is at a crossroads, says a United Nations report released today, which adds that while the region has seen impressive gains in the HIV response, greater and sustained efforts will be needed.

UN study finds overall drop in funding for AIDS response in 2010

Funding disbursements from donor governments for the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries dropped overall in 2010, mainly due to a reduction by the largest donor, the United States, the lead United Nations agency tackling the epidemic said today.

UN welcomes data showing male circumcision can help prevent HIV in men

The United Nations agency at the forefront of the global AIDS response has strongly welcomed new data that provides further evidence that male circumcision is effective in preventing HIV in men.

UN welcomes pact to improve access of patented AIDS drugs in poor countries

The United Nations agency mandated to spearhead the global response to HIV/AIDS today welcomed the new license agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool and the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences to increase access to antiretroviral therapy in developing countries.

UN welcomes India’s decision to continue making generic HIV/AIDS drugs

The head of the United Nations agency concerned with the fight against HIV/AIDS today welcomed the announcement that India would continue to make generic drugs to combat the disease and said the decision will save millions of lives.

UN lauds India’s efforts to provide homosexuals, transgender people with HIV services

The United Nations agency spearheading the global response to HIV/AIDS today lauded India’s efforts to provide prevention and treatment services for men who have sex with men and transgender people, while stressing the need to scale up services and eliminate homophobia.