UN recruits African music awards in war against AIDS

Music stars at this weekend’s MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) in Nairobi, Kenya, can have a significant impact in educating young people about HIV and changing their behaviour, a top United Nations AIDS official said today.

UNAIDS enters partnership to keep babies HIV-free in Africa

Efforts to curb HIV transmission from mothers to their children in Africa have received a boost, thanks to a new partnership between the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and a UN-backed initiative seeking to help lift villages on the continent lift themselves out of poverty.

Male circumcision cost-effective means to prevent HIV – UN-backed report

Male circumcision is a cost-effective means to prevent the spread of HIV, according to a new United Nations-backed report, which found that one HIV infection could be averted for every five to 15 procedures performed on heterosexual men.

New UN report says 50 million women in Asia at risk of HIV from their partners

An estimated 50 million women in Asia, who are either married or in long-term relationships with men who engage in high-risk sexual behaviours, are at risk of becoming infected with HIV from their partners, according to a new report published by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Top UN official calls on Asia-Pacific nations to lead on AIDS response

The time has come for countries in Asia and the Pacific to translate their growing economic clout into positive political influence to help set the global AIDS agenda and the response to the epidemic, the head of the United Nations agency dealing with the disease has stated.

UNAIDS chief welcomes plan to slash prices of essential medicines

A top United Nations official has hailed agreements reached by the Clinton Foundation with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Matrix to reduce the prices of antiretroviral drugs for people living with AIDS and tuberculosis (TB).

Change in drug treatment reduces HIV infection in newborn babies – UN-backed study

Mother-to-child HIV transmission rates can be dramatically cut with the administration of a cocktail of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs over a longer period of time to pregnant and breastfeeding women, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) announced today.

More funds available to fight AIDS in developing countries than ever before – UN

Resources to tackle the AIDS epidemic reached an all-time high in 2008, with funds available reaching nearly $8 billion worldwide, according to a new report issued by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

UNAIDS welcomes French-speaking bloc’s commitment to combat HIV

Parliamentarians from Francophone countries, which bear a large burden of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, today reaffirmed their commitment to tackling the disease, in a move welcomed by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

UNAIDS hails Indian court decision decriminalizing homosexuality

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has hailed today’s decision by an Indian court to overturn a 150-year-old law and decriminalize homosexuality, voicing hope that more countries that ban same-sex activity will follow suit.