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).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is embarking on a weeklong trip to sub-Saharan Africa, CNN reports.
VOA News has published a five-part series examining U.N. Women. The agency’s “success depends on availability of resources and financial support. Member states have agreed to provide the new entity with an initial minimum budget of at least $500 million a year,” the news service writes (Wuhib, 6/8).
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).
In South Africa, where 17 percent of the world’s HIV-positive population lives, researchers from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) in Durban are examining whether providing cash payments as a reward for good grades and undergoing annual HIV testing, along with teaching life skills, might help change young men’s and women’s risky sexual behavior, Nature News reports.
PEPFAR’s recent release of its “Technical Guidance on Combination HIV Prevention” (.pdf) for men who have sex with men (MSM) “could force countries like Kenya who are strongly opposed to men having sex with men to backtrack,” Nairobi Star/allAfrica.com reports.
India’s 2011 census data show that “wealthier, better-educated families â€¦ are choosing more and more often to abort pregnancies if the child is female,” despite fetal sex determination and sex-selective abortion being illegal in the country, according to a study conducted by Canadian and Indian researchers and published on Tuesday in the Lancet, National Journal reports.
Reflections On HIV/AIDS From NIAID Director: On Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. ET,Â NIH will webcast liveÂ aÂ 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…
Agence France-Presse examines how officials in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir are battling a “shocking rise in female foeticide” by seizing unlicensed ultrasound machines and enlisting the assistance of religious leaders in the country’s only Muslim-majority state.
Advocates at a meeting in Paris about women, population and development, held ahead of next week’s G8 summit, said that HIV prevention methods can also be used to further family planning goals, Deutsche Welle reports.