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UNAIDS Director Says Pope’s Comments On Condoms Open Dialogue For HIV Prevention

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe on Saturday “told a Vatican conference [Pope Benedict XVI] had opened the door to greater dialogue with his groundbreaking comments on condoms and HIV prevention – even as Vatican officials stressed abstinence and marital fidelity as the best prevention,” the Associated Press reports.

U.N., U.S. Re-Evaluate HIV/AIDS Treatment Targets

Ahead of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, scheduled for June 8-10 in New York, “public-health leaders face a paradox: New evidence suggests the epidemic can finally be controlled, but that would demand increased spending at a time of severe global budget restraints,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Preliminary estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS show last year donor funding for HIV/AIDS fell for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic, according to the newspaper.

World Health Assembly Delays Destruction Of Smallpox Reserves For Three Years

Following “two days of heated debate,” representatives meeting at the World Health Assembly in Geneva decided to delay for three years the destruction of smallpox virus reserves held by the U.S. and Russia, rejecting a U.S. plan that would have delayed the action for five years, the Associated Press reports (5/24).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Reflections On HIV/AIDS From NIAID Director: On Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. ET, NIH will webcast live a presentation by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), titled “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey.” June 5, 2011, marks 30 years since the first cases of…