We need to learn the lessons from the HIV/AIDS epidemic and avoid stigmatising men who have sex with men.
Drug distribution for HIV positive patients, Lome, Togo.
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Aids deaths should be falling faster, but treatable fungal disease is keeping the numbers high.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu didn’t stop his fight for human rights once apartheid came to a formal end in 1994. He continued to speak critically against politicians who abused their power.
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.
The FDA approved the first PrEP drug, Truvada, in 2012.
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World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 this year comes at a time when a key step to removing financial barriers to PrEP access in the U.S. faces legal challenges.
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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.
The COVID pandemic highlighted the gaps in South Africa’s health system.
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Budgets on their own don’t solve structural issues. But they do provide some insight into government plans for addressing its broader developmental priorities.
Rural women in Agincourt, South Africa, with water collection containers.
The provision of better health services and social grants has aided rural women’s progress in South Africa, but there are still tremendous needs to be met.
Three quarters of new HIV infections among 15-19 year-olds are in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Local research is particularly needed to assess existing policies and inform efforts to implement them better.
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The shocking story at the centre of When the Village Sleeps is as heartbreaking as it is - ultimately - full of hope.
Leaders in Africa need to develop practical ways to achieve their aspirations.
HIV health and support groups offered COVID-19 testing and other community services during the pandemic.
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Having survived the HIV/AIDS pandemic, gay communities in the US were well equipped to get residents health and social services early in the pandemic, when the government’s COVID-19 response lagged.
A COVID-19 field hospital in Santo Andre, Brazil. The pandemic has killed over 503,000 people in Brazil; just 11% of the population is fully vaccinated.
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The high costs of the world’s colossally unequal COVID-19 immunization rates.
Missing targets to end HIV in children represents nothing less than a global failure.
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Not achieving the targets for children and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa means that new infections will continue to increase and HIV related mortality will be a reality for decades to come.
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.
A lab worker extracts DNA from samples for further tests at the AIDS Vaccine Design and Development Laboratory Dec. 1, 2008 in New York City.
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Scientists developed vaccines for COVID-19 in a matter of months. Why after 37 years do we still not have one for HIV/AIDS? On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, it’s an important question to ask.
Thousands gather in downtown Toronto in 2006 for a candlelight vigil to remember those who have died from AIDS.
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The HIV In My Day project preserves the early history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through the personal stories of long-term survivors and caregivers.
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.