World leaders on Friday at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS adopted by consensus a declaration stating that HIV is “an unprecedented human catastrophe” and set new targets in the fight against the disease, the Associated Press/Forbes reports.
The Huffington Post has several commentaries about the 30th anniversary of AIDS and other issues surrounding the epidemic.
A team led by UNAIDS and PEPFAR on Thursday at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS announced a plan to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 by “ensur[ing] that all women, especially pregnant ones, have access to quality life-saving HIV prevention and treatment services â€“ for themselves and their children,” BBC News reports (6/10).
The South African government’s program to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV has reduced the rate of virus transmission to about 3.5 percent, “potentially sparing some 67,000 babies from HIV infection,” according to research presented on Wednesday by the Medical Research Council at the 5th South African AIDS Conference in Durban, Health-e/allAfrica.com reports (Thom, 6/9).
In a post on State’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby looks back at his time working in HIV/AIDS and expresses hope about the future, writing, “Thanks to the support of the Obama Administration â€“ which has continued to put forth robust funding for HIV/AIDS â€“ and…
State’s “DipNote” blog published video and a transcript of remarks made on Wednesday by Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS (6/8).
The Council on Foreign Relations features an interview with CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett, who “notes that discovery of [HIV/AIDS] was the beginning of what we now consider to be global health.” Garrett also discusses treatment, prevention and funding for the disease (Johnson, 6/8).
“In an era of strained finances, it makes sense to invest in solutions that save money in the long run. HIV vaccine development fits that bill. As we mark the 30th anniversary of AIDS, there could be no better way to commemorate the occasion than to renew our commitment to its end,” Seth Berkeley, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, write in a CNN opinion piece (6/8).
Researchers and “advocates for all vaccine research today launched yet another effort to increase funding and coordination,” ScienceInsider reports.
In his opening address at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “told presidents, ministers and diplomats from across the globe that if all partners involved in the fight unite ‘as never before,'” the goal of “zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related deaths” can be achieved, the Associated Press/Kansas City Star reports (Lederer, 6/8).