FREETOWN – The outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has dwarfed the campaign against HIV/AIDS, to the extent that patients no longer go to hospitals and treatment centres out of fear of contracting the Ebola virus.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa remains plagued by AIDS despite massive government and NGO efforts on prevention and life-sustaining Anti-Retro-Viral programs. The country has the highest number of new HIV infection worldwide and 15 to 20 percent of the adult population is HIV positive. But it has opened up another front to reduce new HIV infections: promoting circumcision.
WASHINGTON— This year’s World AIDS Day focuses on how to achieve an AIDS-free generation. The United Nations predicts that if prevention and treatment services are scaled up, the epidemic will no longer be a global threat in 15 years. But if goals are not met, the pandemic could get worse.
WASHINGTON-The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and The AIDS Institute welcomed the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation’s announcement this morning that it has reached a Consent Order with Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company that addresses some of the discriminatory practices identified in their pending federal complaint against Cigna. “This is a welcomed development,” said […]
Human Rights Campaign calls preventive treatment plan “a critically important tool that must be part of any and all efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States” WASHINGTON- In a policy paper released today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, explicitly endorsed the […]
DAKAR, SENEGAL— With health clinics closed and people afraid to come in for treatment, Liberia’s national AIDS commission says they are now going door-to-door to get people to come take their antiretroviral medications. All eyes are on Ebola, but experts say there are other deadly diseases being overlooked in the crisis.
Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Haiti has been plagued with the highest prevalence of HIV infection in the Western Hemisphere. While it has declined significantly – from nearly 10 percent of those screened a decade ago to 3.7 percent as of 2012 – AIDS-related deaths have taken a toll on the Caribbean nation’s children. Roughly 100,000 of those age 17 and younger are orphans of the disease, according to the most recent count provided to UNICEF.
Christian Paige-Bass is positive in attitude and in HIV status. An activist in Washington, D.C.’s gay African-American community, he believes in confronting the HIV/AIDS crisis and related stigma head on, with solid information.
MELBOURNE – The 20th International AIDS Conference concluded today as the first in its history that remembered not just the 39 million people worldwide who have died of AIDS but also those who lost their lives in the crashed MH17 flight carrying six of its delegates, one of whom was the past president of the […]