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World AIDS Day 2013 Message – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon PDF Print E-mail
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On this World AIDS Day, I am more optimistic than ever. Much of the world is accelerating progress in responding to HIV. There are significant decreases in new infections and deaths, and we are making good progress in realizing our target of ensuring 15 million people have access to antiretroviral treatment by 2015. This is crucial to halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic for good. Read full article here

 
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka PDF Print E-mail
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UN Women remains committed to the goals of getting to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths.  Today on World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to those working around the world to achieve these goals and reaffirm the strategic importance of getting to zero violence and discrimination against women and girls to make greater progress. Read full article here

 
World AIDS Day 2013 Message – UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin PDF Print E-mail
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As we mark World AIDS Day, we can point to significant progress in the global response to the epidemic on the road to reaching the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worldwide, the number of new HIV infections continues to fall, more people have access to anti-retroviral treatment and, as a result, fewer people are dying of AIDS. Read full article here

 
The link in Africa between violence to women and HIV must be broken PDF Print E-mail
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Commentary by Lynne Featherstone and Annie Lennox: Tears may dry in seconds. Bruises may disappear in days – and scars might eventually fade. But of all the devastating consequences of violence against women and girls, there is one lasting impact that cannot be hidden underneath clothing or concealed behind a forced smile. In sub-Saharan Africa every minute of every day a woman becomes infected with HIV, adding to the tragic and persistent spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Read full article here

 
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Majority of Nigerians with HIV are women – NACA PDF Print E-mail
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Efforts directed at curbing the spread of the virus will be focused more towards women, NACA said. Majority of people living with HIV in Nigeria are women, the National Agency for the Control of Aids, NACA, has said. The Director-General of NACA, John Idoko, said 60 percent of the about 3.5 million Nigerians living with the virus, are women, meaning men account for the remaining 40 percent. He said the government was directing greater effort at involving women in the fight against the virus, since they constitute a higher proportion of those affected. Read full article here

 
Malawi President Banda Calls for Partnership in Addressing HIV-AIDS Among Girls, Women PDF Print E-mail
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Blantyre — President Dr. Joyce Banda has said there is need for stronger partnerships to champion the cause for greater attention to the vulnerability of women and girls to HIV/AIDS in the SADC region. Dr. Banda made the remarks at Sanjika Palace where she had an audience with delegates from the High Level Task Force for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV for Eastern and Southern Africa saying there is need to keep advancing the struggle for the empowerment of women and girls as a strategy to defeat HIV and AIDS. The President said as much as Africa is making strides in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the gender and HIV narrative does not appear to change. Read full article here

 
ACHPR condemns coerced sterilization of women living with HIV PDF Print E-mail
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The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the coerced sterilization of women living with HIV as a blatant violation of their fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Read full article here

 
Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria - Call for applications to join the Technical Review Panel Members needed for 2013-2016 PDF Print E-mail
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The Technical Review Panel is an independent group of international experts convened by the Global Fund to play an essential role in assessing funding requests received from countries for technical soundness and strategic focus. The closing date for the application s Noon (GMT) on Wednesday 31July 2013. For more information on how to apply, please visit: http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/trp/recruitment/

 
Record number of people with HIV now accessing antiretroviral treatment – UN PDF Print E-mail
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Nearly 10 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral treatment last year, says a new United Nations report, which notes that even more people can be reached with smart planning. Last year's figure represents the biggest increase from one year to another as numbers of people accessing antiretroviral treatment rose by 1.6 million from 2011 to 2012, according to the report, released today by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Read full article here.

 
One-in-four deaths in pregnancy due to HIV in worst-affected countries PDF Print E-mail
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One-in-four pregnancy-related deaths is due to HIV in countries with a high HIV prevalence, a meta-analysis of 23 studies shows. HIV-infected women have eight times the risk of a pregnancy-related death compared to uninfected women (pooled relative risk [RR]: 7.75, 95% CI: 5.37-11.16), according to results from the meta-analysis published in the advance online edition of AIDS. Read full article here.
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Innovative intervention program improves life for rural women in India living with HIV/AIDS PDF Print E-mail
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A multidisciplinary team of researchers from UCLA and India has found that a new type of intervention program, in which lay women in the rural Indian province of Andra Pradesh were trained as social health activists to assist women who have HIV/AIDS, significantly improved patients' adherence to antiretroviral therapy and boosted their immune-cell counts and nutrition levels.  Read full article here.
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The GRACE Study: Insights Into Gender, Race, And HIV Therapy PDF Print E-mail
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Enrollment of women in clinical trials of new anti-HIV drugs is extremely low, representing only about 15% of all treatment-experienced patients. For women of color it is even lower. Why women, and especially women of color...
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Call for gender-focused HIV care PDF Print E-mail
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Battling HIV-AIDS is a full time job for a British Columbia woman who's had the disease for more than 25 years and struggles to find care in a province with "seriously inadequate" health-care resources for women living with the illness.
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Ban Calls On Member States to Press Ahead With Efforts to Realize AIDS-Free World PDF Print E-mail
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States to press ahead with efforts to realize the vision of a world free of AIDS, as the United Nations General Assembly met to consider progress in the global struggle against the epidemic.
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