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Press Release: UNAIDS reports that reaching Fast-Track Targets will avert nearly 28 million new HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (UNAIDS) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has announced that taking a Fast-Track approach over the next five years will allow the world to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The new UNAIDS report Fast-Track: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 outlines, that by taking the Fast-Track approach nearly 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths would be averted by 2030. 

Africa: Daily pill should be part of a combined approach to preventing HIV

A 'magical' pill, popularly known as Truvada, emerged in the HIV community a few years ago but is continuing to cause controversy. This pill (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) was approved as an HIV infection risk inhibitor and was intended for people who engage in high risk sexual behavior. Studies have shown it reduces the risk of HIV infection by 90 per cent.

Spotlight: Harare Treats 120 000 HIV-Related Cases a Day

HARARE, 13 November 2014 (Herald) - HARARE City Council says 120 000 residents are treated for HIV related ailments in the city everyday. According to minutes of a full council meeting, the rate of infections is increasing. "On AIDS statistics, council was advised that the prevalence at the national level is at 15 percent and in Harare the prevalence is at 13 percent.

Zimbabwe: Stigmatization of University Pregnancies Negatively Affecting Female Students

HARARE, 13 November 2014 (Zimbabwe Sentinel) - The infanticide case of a first year student Thelma Rumbidzai Mupatsi at Chinhoyi University of Technology is an indication of numerous social economic challenges faced by students in tertiary institutions local health organisations have said.

 

Look at behavior economics to improve ART adherence

PHILADELPHIA, 13 November 2014 - Making HIV medications free or low cost is very important for removing barriers to HIV care access, but it’s not enough to ensure adherence, Kevin Volpp said at IDWeek. HIV/AIDS programs must take behavioral economics into account when designing programs to promote adherence and ensure people living with HIV remain in the cascade of care.

South Africa: HIV infection highest among men who have sex with men

DURBAN, 12 November 2014 (aidsmap) - Almost half of the men who have sex with men in Durban are HIV infected and about a quarter of such men in Johannesburg and Cape Town have HIV, according to a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) study that was released on Tuesday.

 

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