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COVID-19 imperils progress vs AIDS, UN warns

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Around 1.7 million people were infected last year, and there are now close to 40 million people living with HIV worldwide

VERSUS HIV/AIDS. The UNAIDS building in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Shutterstock.com

AIDS deaths could double in sub-Saharan Africa due to COVID-19 – U.N.

May 12, 2020 - 12:37 AM

A six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more than 500,000 extra deaths in the region in 2020-2021, according to the WHO and UNAIDS

UNAIDS to get new chief after divisive Sidibe era

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:27 PM

An Independent Expert Panel report commissioned by UNAIDS' governing body says Michel Sidibe 'created a patriarchal culture tolerating harassment and abuse of authority'

MICHEL SIDIBE. Malian Michel Sidibe presents a UNAIDS report during a press conference at the Paris Institute of Political Studies on July 18, 2018, in Paris. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

IN NUMBERS: Global HIV/AIDS cases still on the rise

Dec 01, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The number of HIV-positive individuals continues to rise globally despite maximum efforts done to suppress the disease

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

UNAIDS deputy chief, accused of sex assault, to step down

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Luiz Loures, a Brazilian national, 'will end his term as deputy executive director at the end of March 2018,' UNAIDS says in a statement

LUIZ LOURES. In this file picture taken on September 20, 2017 deputy executive director of UNAIDS, Luiz Loures, speaks onstage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. File photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images North America/AFP

Lack of condom use contributes to rising HIV infections in PH

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:17 PM

'Successive Philippine governments have failed miserably to propagate condom use and educate young Filipinos to avoid HIV transmission,' says Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch

[Dash of SAS] Someone just told me he has HIV. What do I say? What do I do?

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

If you find yourself still not knowing what to say offer benevolence and understanding through silence

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach's first public HIV testing in PH

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Pia launches the PIA project which will focus on spreading information about HIV SOGIE and promoting self worth among the youth

Amid turning tide, AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016 – UN

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED In 2016 19 5 million of the 36 7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment says the UNAIDS global roundup

Pia Wurtzbach is new UNAIDS Asia-Pacific goodwill ambassador

May 03, 2017 - 5:19 PM

I will use my voice my social media following for this advocacy People who are following me right now at least when they look at me they ll know that I am advocating for HIV AIDS the beauty queen says

SPREADING AWARENESS. UNAIDS Director for Asia and the Pacific Steve Kraus hands Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach the certificate of her assignment as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Canadian 'giant' of HIV research drowns

Apr 14, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Canadian scientist Mark Wainberg dies at the age of 71

HIV RESEARCH 'GIANT'. Dr Mark Wainberg drowned on Wednesday, April 12, while swimming off Bal Harbor in Florida. Image by Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Saya diejek dan dipukuli hanya karena menjadi gay

Mar 01, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Pada Hari Tanpa Diskriminasi penulis berharap diskriminasi terhadap kaum LGBT tidak terjadi lagi

Berani bersuara pada Hari Tanpa Diskriminasi 2017

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:50 AM

“Diskriminasi ditandai ketika seseorang diberi perlakuan yang tidak adil Perlakuan tersebut menyebabkan ia kehilangan haknya ”

UNAIDS: Jumlah orang yang menjalani pengobatan HIV/AIDS mencapai rekor

Nov 29, 2016 - 4:48 PM

Tapi UNAIDS juga memperingatkan bahwa ada ancaman baru di Asia dan Pasifik

SAKSIKAN: Pesan Hari AIDS Sedunia dari Direktur Eksekutif UNAIDS

Nov 28, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Bagaimana kemajuan pertarungan melawan HIV AIDS?

AIDS DAY. For World AIDS Day 2015, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark issues a challenge to take past successes further by putting the marginalized 'at the forefront of our efforts.' Image taken from Shutterstock

INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should get an HIV test

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:48 PM

HIV can be treated if it is diagnosed early Get tested

Adolescence is a dangerous time for young gay men in the Philippines

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:03 PM

I was very confident that I would not have HIV because I thought there was no HIV here in Cebu City When I was handed the HIV positive result it was really difficult

INFOGRAPHIC: How is HIV transmitted?

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:58 PM

A just released UNAIDS report warns that new HIV infections are rising among gay men and other men who have sex with men as well as other key populations

[Dash of SAS] Making effective HIV and AIDS information materials

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Here are 5 simple questions that anyone can use to test and screen whether information material on HIV AIDS is accurate and appropriate

Decline in HIV funding worries health advocates

Jul 22, 2016 - 2:32 PM

A joint report by the UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that donor funding declined from 8 6 million in 2014 to 7 5 million in 2015

AIDS CONFERENCE. An HIV AIDS poster at the Slipway Clinic in Monrovia, Liberia 20 July 2016. South Africa is currently hosting the 2016 International Aids Conference between 18-22 July which is attended globally by over 18 000 delegates, policy makers, HIV Workers as well as many living with HIV.  Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

'Involve more young people in HIV work'

Jul 19, 2016 - 3:32 PM

During the opening of the 21st AIDS Conference world leaders scientists and activists emphasize the role of the young generation in ending AIDS

AIDS CONFERENCE. Several activists hold a people's march during the opening of the 21st AIDS conference in South Africa. Photo by Nikos Dacanay

AIDS summit opens with warnings that progress at risk

Jul 18, 2016 - 10:32 PM

The five day International AIDS Conference returns to Africa 16 years after Nelson Mandela galvanized the world to take up the fight against AIDS describing it as one of the greatest threats humankind has faced

AIDS CONFERENCE. Hundreds of AIDS activists march through the streets of Durban during the 21st International Aids Conference on July 18, 2016. Photo by AFP

Advocates call for highest political recognition of HIV/AIDS epidemic

Jul 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Advocates say political will and leadership at the national and local government levels are needed to create scale up and sustain comprehensive programs on HIV AIDS prevention in communities

Teresita Bagasao, UNAIDS country director, with Dr. Enrique Tayag of the Department of Health. Photo by Diana Mendoza.

UN urges equal access to health care on World Zero Discrimination Day

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:32 PM

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV AIDS UNAIDS is fighting for discrimination free health services to combat HIV

ZERO DISCRIMINATION. For World Zero Discrimination Day 2016, UNAIDS recognizes the role of judgment-free health services in curbing HIV cases. Image courtesy of UNAIDS

Pia Wurtzbach is new advocate for HIV awareness

Dec 21, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Groups and advocates praise the Miss Universe 2015 winner for her HIV awareness statement

ADVOCATE. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach says she will use her influence as a public figure to raise awareness of HIV, and other issues relevant to the Philippines. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

#StayNegatHIVe: How should we celebrate World AIDS Day?

Dec 01, 2015 - 5:54 PM

World AIDS Day is a time to celebrate progress and remember there is still much to be done says the UNDP

AIDS DAY. For World AIDS Day 2015, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark issues a challenge to take past successes further by putting the marginalized 'at the forefront of our efforts.' Image taken from Shutterstock

PODCAST: HIV epidemic in the PH

Nov 02, 2015 - 2:19 PM

In just 5 years the Philippines has reported over 20 000 new HIV infections

WHO urges preventative ARVs for those at high risk for HIV

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:29 PM

According to the UN health agency prophylactic or precautionary treatment should become an additional prevention choice available to high risk individuals along with counseling access to condoms and safe injection material

PREVENTATIVE ARV. In this file photo, a South African sister prepares Anti-Retroviral medicines (ARVs) for patients at the St. Michaels Hospice in Cape Town, South Africa Friday August 11, 2006. File photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

DOH: 'Broken homes' not in profile of HIV patients

Apr 16, 2015 - 5:00 PM

However Health Secretary Janette Garin agrees that to a huge extent values formation has something to do with the rise in the number of HIV cases in the country

HIV in 6 PH cities may reach 'uncontrollable' rates – DOH

Apr 10, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Among the 6 cities exceeding the national HIV prevalence rate of 3 5 among males who have sex with males MSM Caloocan City is the most problematic

New HIV cases in PH hit all-time high – DOH

Apr 09, 2015 - 3:14 PM

With 646 cases recorded in February 2015, the Philippines now has 21 new infections every day

PH won’t meet MDG targets on HIV/AIDS – UNAIDS

Mar 19, 2015 - 3:26 PM

The current HIV figures in the country are still at alarming levels with 16 new infections every day and a running total of 22 527 HIV positive cases since 1984

UN warns over threat of AIDS rebound

Nov 19, 2014 - 10:13 AM

The UN warns the HIV virus risks spiraling back out of control unless world leaders bolster action now by agreeing to fast track efforts to eradicate AIDS

Activists light candles in the form of a Red Ribbon, the symbol for the fight against Aids during an aids awareness event in Berlin, Germany, 30 November 2013. Florian Schuh/EPA

UNAIDS’ Victoria Beckham: Women have right to health

Sep 25, 2014 - 11:49 PM

UNAIDS appoints fashion designer Victoria Beckham as Goodwill Ambassador saying she can raise awareness on the plight of women and children with HIV

AIDS 2014 delegates drop their pants

Jul 25, 2014 - 5:09 PM

Bare legged delegates party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of an important tradition and to raise funds for the International Community of Women Living with HIV AIDS

BRAVE THE COLD. Delegates stripped off their pants despite the low temperature in Australia. Photo by Ana P. Santos

South Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference

Jul 25, 2014 - 2:32 PM

The 2016 conference is returning to a venue that saw a watershed in the history of AIDS

AIDS 2014. Professor Sharon Lewin, Victorian Health Minister David Davis and New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner hold a copy of the Aids Legacy document during a press conference at the Aids 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia, 20 July 2014. David Crosling/EPA

Urban boom and its bang on HIV

Jul 24, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Studies show that HIV prevalence is estimated to be 1 5 – 2 times higher in urban areas than in rural ones Up to 60 of the 35 million people living with HIV live in cities

AIDS 2014: Focus HIV services on key groups

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Unless HIV services are made available to 5 key populations the global health response on HIV will suffer a large setback

HIV epidemic 'smaller' than UN estimates – report

Jul 22, 2014 - 9:40 AM

Report: The overall amount of ill health and premature death resulting from HIV is roughly 25 lower than the latest estimate provided by UNAIDS in 2012

A jogger runs past a large

AIDS conference in shock at Malaysia plane tragedy

Jul 19, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Among those who died was Dutchman Joep Lange a pioneer of cheap anti retrovirals for the poor and a prominent AIDS researcher

Global anger intensifies over MH17 crash

Jul 18, 2014 - 3:57 PM

Kiev accused pro Russian separatists battling Ukrainian forces of the terrorist act as stunned world leaders called for a full investigation into the disaster which could further fan the flames of the worst East West crisis since the Cold War

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Third of #MH17 passengers were AIDS scientists, workers – reports

Jul 18, 2014 - 12:05 PM

2ND UPDATE Australian media report more than one third of the nearly 300 who died in the MH17 flight were AIDS researchers health workers and activists

WAITING IN VAIN. A man looks at a flight information screen displaying a solidarity message for Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, on July 18, 2014. AFP photo/Manan Vatsyayana

AIDS could be wiped out by 2030 – UN

Jul 17, 2014 - 8:18 AM

With more than half of the 35 million people living with HIV unaware they are infected the battle is far from over however

IN SOLIDARITY. A Filipino holds a lighted candle during the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at a park in Manila, Philippines, 16 May 2014. Ritchie Tongo/EPA

'Protect the goal': Raising HIV awareness through football

May 24, 2014 - 10:49 PM

Globally there are an estimated 5 4 million adolescents and young people living with HIV and at least 1 8 million are eligible for HIV treatment

SPORTS AND HEALTH. The 'Protect the Goal' campaign aims to raise more awareness about HIV, especially among the youth. Photo from AFC

Suu Kyi urges 'freedom from fear' on World AIDS Day

Dec 01, 2013 - 4:16 PM

Suu Kyi draws parallels between the plight of sufferers and her own struggle for democracy at the launch on World AIDS Day of a new zero discrimination campaign

'FREEDOM FROM FEAR.' Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a World AIDS Day function at Government House in Melbourne on December 1, 2013. AFP/Pool/Paul Crock

On HIV: Winning the battles but losing the war?

Nov 20, 2013 - 4:35 PM

Condoms are for our protection They are not evidence of a crime says one sex worker

HIV infections plummet since 2001 – UN

Sep 23, 2013 - 8:02 PM

2 3 million people contracted the AIDS virus last year – down 33 from 2001 while 260 000 children became infected – over a third fewer than in 2009 and 52 down from 2001

LESS INFECTIONS. In a new report, the UN says the number of HIV infections has gone down since 2001. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU

AIDS epidemic's end by 2030 seen: UN official

Sep 20, 2013 - 11:00 AM

A top UN official says the global AIDS epidemic could be over by 2030 due to treatment advances

ENDING AIDS. Could the global AIDS epidemic be ended by 2030? One UN official thinks it's possible. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU

HIV-AIDS epidemic: A call to action

Jul 06, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Since the HIV AIDS epidemic is largely borne by unprotected sex it is imperative that safe sex be promoted as much as possible

Figure 1 - Total HIV-AIDS cases reported annually, from Jan 1984 to Dec 2012. Source: NEC-DOH, PNAC website

AIDS science at 30: 'Cure' now part of lexicon

May 19, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Big names in medicine are set to give an upbeat assessment of the war on AIDS on Tuesday