During the closing ceremonies of the International AIDS Confernce-AIDS 2010, President Barack Obama “on Friday pledged to redouble efforts to fight HIV and AIDS through his Global Health Initiative, despite dealing with economic hard times in the wake of a global recession,” Reuters reports. According to the news service, “Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said their focus was on a broad, sustainable and effective approach to the global epidemic” (Kelland, 7/23).
Ahead of the final day of the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 on Friday, a New York Times analysis piece reports that growing concerns over funding for HIV/AIDS have dominated the focus of the conference. According to the newspaper, this has affected “organizers’ efforts to get publicity for the Vienna Declaration, which calls for drug users to be spared arrest and offered clean needles, methadone and treatment if they have AIDS.”
During her trip to Vietnam, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “engaged in health diplomacy by visiting the Ngoc Lam Pagoda orphanage for AIDS-affected children,” Foreign Policy’s blog “Madam Secretary” reports.
Despite ‘Significant’ Finding With Microbicide, Muti-Front Fight Against HIV Needed “[T]hree decades in the AIDS war has shown that no single answer will win it, short of a magic-bullet vaccine that continues to elude researchers. Even if one was found, there would still be the 33 million-and-counting who are living…
Editor’s note: Excerpts from journals, press releases and blogs focusing on the AIDS conference in Vienna appear below. Other notable global health items will be included in next week’s comprehensive edition of Recent Releases. Blog: HIV/AIDS Community Needs Cooperation In response to criticism from advocates at AIDS 2010 that the…
AIDS 2010 Studies, Releases: Criminalization, Discrimination Of High-Risk Groups; Test-And-Treat; UNAIDS Launches HIV Prevention Commission
The criminalization of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia is holding back efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in the region, according to a report presented Wednesday by the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) and Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health at the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010, VOA News reports. The report “linked the criminalization of homosexual behavior to an increase in the infection rate of HIV and AIDS in Asia,” the news service writes (Dewan, 7/21).
UNAIDS and the Stop TB Partnership joined together on Thursday at the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria, with the goal of preventing 200,000 deaths annually from HIV and tuberculosis co-infection, Agence France-Presse reports. TB is the number one killer of people living with HIV/AIDS (Ingham, 7/22).
The following webcasts are now available at http://globalhealth.kff.org/AIDS2010. Thursday â€“ http://globalhealth.kff.org/AIDS2010.aspx#July22 Thursday Plenary Regional Session on Europe and Central Asia Know Your Epidemic, Know Your Response: MSM and Their Needs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries No More People Living with HIV Dying from TB Putting HIV Testing to the Test:…
Organizations Highlight Plight Of HIV-Positive Haitians, Call For Donors To Support ‘Whole Of Society’ Health System Strengthening
Organizations attending the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 highlighted the plight of HIV-positive earthquake survivors in Haiti who are “still waiting for aid promised to them before” quake as rebuilding efforts slowly move along, Agence France-Presse reports.
Thousands of HIV/AIDS advocates “marched through Vienna’s city centre on Tuesday evening, demanding more respect for human rights in the fight against HIV,” Agence France-Presse reports.