Cuts in donor funding stretch limited resources.
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HIV services must be comprehensive to ensure that people take their medication as prescribed and avoid onward transmission of the virus.
Even before the advent of COVID-19, donors had begun to exit HIV programmes with increasing frequency.
HIV prevalence in the Congo Basin is relatively low.
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To be effective, vaccine formulas need to cover all emergent strains. But there are still plenty of unknowns.
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Stigma and criminalisation of same-sex relationships makes it difficult for transgender women and men who have sex with men to seek preventive services. This compounds their risk for HIV infection.
It is urgent and overdue to implement PrEP in pregnancy and during breastfeeding. Failure to do so allows ongoing avoidable HIV infection among women in South Africa and their infants.
To fight economic inequality, female dependency on relationships and gender-based violence, female education is critical.
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Adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24 accounted for 25% of new infections, while making up only 10% of the population.
UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima.
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Greater urgency is needed in the response to pandemics, to end AIDS and to end COVID-19.
Ending AIDS calls for renewed action.
The key actions needed to end AIDS are relatively clear. The question is whether every government, funder, and implementing organisations will apply them.
Political is necessary to lower deaths from cryptococcal meningitis.
Cryptococcal ceningitis is one of the main causes of death of people with HIV. The tests and medicines to diagnose and treat it exist but remain inaccessible to most. A global strategy is needed.
Clients of sex workers may be key to reducing HIV transmission in South Africa.
Narrow, unimaginative public health responses inhibit reducing HIV, exploitation and marginalisation within sex work.
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The HIV/AIDS response played out over a much longer trajectory than COVID-19. But it is, in some respects, a shining example of what can be achieved when countries and people work together.
People relying on HIV prevention, care and treatment services have become even more vulnerable because of COVID-19.
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If the world is single-minded and focuses purely on combating one pandemic, forgetting others, the effects of other morbidity and mortality on healthcare systems will be seen for a long time to come.
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The redirection of resources to COVID-19 has enormous consequences for the provision of healthcare services for other diseases, in particular, HIV programmes.