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Ban Calls For Global Unity To End AIDS By 2020 At U.N. Meeting Opening

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).

South African Researchers Examine Cash Incentive HIV Prevention Program

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.

More Wealthy Families In India Choosing To Abort Female Fetuses, Study Shows

India’s 2011 census data show that “wealthier, better-educated families … 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.

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…

OPINION: Ending Female Genital Mutilation

“Is it cultural imperialism for Westerners to oppose [female] genital mutilation? Yes, perhaps, but it’s also justified. … But it is clear that the most effective efforts against genital mutilation are grass-roots initiatives by local women working for change from within a culture,” Nicholas Kristof writes in the New York Times column, which describes in detail “the most extreme form of genital mutilation” (5/11).