The New York Times examines an HIV prevention program in China aimed at promoting blood screening that has led “more than 110,000 people” being test so far: “On any given night, in 14 cities around the country, hundreds of people flock to makeshift blood collection centers in bars, bathhouses and apartments where workers test for syphilis and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.”
PlusNews examines the growing need to test how well HIV prevention strategies work â€“ a topic addressed Monday at a Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. “With the global economic crisis squeezing AIDS budgets, and a frustrating lack of progress in significantly reducing new HIV infections, donors and governments are under more pressure than ever to concentrate resources on prevention strategies that are known to work,” the news service writes.
A report released Wednesday by the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific region outlines the challenges of preventing the spread of HIV in “22 geographically and culturally diverse countries” of the Pacific and recommends efforts to scale up the region’s fight against HIV/AIDS, U.N. News Centre reports.
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U.S. To Give Philippines $10M In Food Aid, Ambassador Says U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney said the U.S. will give the country an additional $10 million worth of food aid for people affect by the recent typhoons, the Manila Bulletin reports. This brings “the total amount of its…
More MediaÂ Coverage Of HIV/AIDSÂ Needed In a New Republic/NPR opinion piece, Harold Pollack,Â an associate professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration,Â looks at the media’s coverage of World AIDS Day. “Almost six thousand people died of AIDS [Tuesday]. … That it happened to be World AIDS Day was…
Marking World AIDS Day on Tuesday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon “warned … that new infections are outpacing the gains from treating people with the HIV virus” and that discrimination against HIV-positive people remains “widespread,” the Associated Press reports.
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “unveiled a five-year strategy for fighting AIDS worldwide, shifting the focus from emergency response to sustainable programs in countries worldwide,” Agence France-Presse reports.
During a briefing on the eve of World AIDS Day Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that the International AIDS Society (IAS) has chosen Washington, D.C., to host the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC) now that the “decades-old ban on HIV-positive visitors” to the U.S. has been lifted, Agence France-Presse reports (11/30).
To Find AIDS Cure, Ensure NIH Funding The “National Institutes of Health â€“ perhaps our best hope for funding a cure for AIDS â€“ has been underfunded since 2003,” Kate Krauss, director of the AIDS Policy Project, writes in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece. “To cure AIDS, funding must be…
Several news outlets examined the global fight against HIV/AIDS ahead of World AIDS Day (December 1): The Associated Press explores how PEPFAR funds are being used to help connect patients living with the disease to treatment, provide support for families and educate the public about the disease in Vietnam. “The…