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HIV is Spreading at an Alarming Rate in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News July 23, 2010 @ 9:04 pm
image A lot of factors have fuelled the spread of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, mainly official apathy, discrimination and criminalisation of drug addicts. The six-day World AIDS forum staged a series of workshops and seminars where policymakers and grassroots workers portrayed a regional pandemic growing at murderous pace. Authoritarian policies, homophobia and a refusal to accept solutions tested elsewhere and proven successful are to blame, many said. T...

World AIDS Forum Discusses the Challenge of Tackling Ageing HIV Survivors

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 9:04 pm
image It might be a huge medical and social challenge to tackle the ageing HIV survivors, according to the discussion held at the World AIDS Forum. The problem is only now becoming apparent as the first generation living with the human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV) head towards their 60th birthday and beyond, thanks to the lifeline of antiretroviral drugs, say specialists. These survivors are mainly in western nations, where the precious therapy first became available from 19...

Anti-gay Laws Have Increased the Spread of HIV in Asia-Pacific

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 9:04 pm
image The Laws criminalizing gay sex have caused a surge in infection rates of HIV and AIDS in many countries in the Asia-Pacific region according to the United Nations Development Programme. "Some 19 of 48 countries in the Asia Pacific region continue to criminalize male-to-male sex," UNDP said at the World AIDS Conference being held in Vienna this week. "These laws often taken on the force of vigilantism, frequently leading to abuse and human rights violations. Corresponding...

TB/HIV Deaths Cause Alarm

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 9:04 pm
image A campaign aimed at averting 200,000 deaths each year by co-infection from TB and the AIDS virus has been initiated by two global health agencies. "Every three minutes a person living with HIV has his or her life cut off prematurely by TB," said Jorge Sampaio, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy on stopping tuberculosis. "This is completely unacceptable. TB is a preventable and curable disease." Sampaio presided over a signing of a memorandum of u...

Can a Cure for AIDS be Envisaged ? Forum Discusses This Issue Threadbare

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News July 22, 2010 @ 8:17 am
image The World Aids conference discussed a subject which was almost unthinkable till date, whether a cure for AIDS is possible? The question is being broached in gingerly fashion, given the many false dawns in the nearly three-decade-long war on AIDS. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes AIDS has proven to be a tough, wily, mutating foe, quite possibly the most tenacious and devious pathogen in our species' history. But, buoyed by the success of anti...

AIDS Activist Annie Lennox Warns Against Reduction in AIDS Funding

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News July 20, 2010 @ 7:40 pm
image The battle against AIDS is a human rights issue , rock star and AIDS activist Annie Lennox said Monday, warning against reduction in funding due to the global recession. Funding the fight against AIDS "should not be something charitable," the former Eurythmics singer told AFP in an interview. The issue was "not about charitable handouts," said Lennox, who is attending the 18th World AIDS Conference being held in the Austrian capital this week. "I'm not denigra...

Eastern Europe, Central Asia Witness Fastest Spread of HIV:UNICEF

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 7:40 pm
image Eastern Europe and Central Asia are witnessing the fastest spread of the HIV virus in the world with more than 8o% of the infected under 30 years of age, according to a UNICEF report. "Eastern Europe and Central Asia are the only parts of the world where the HIV epidemic remains clearly on the rise," it said in a report published Monday at the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna. In parts of Russia, the rate of HIV infections has gone up by 700 percent since 20...

Get Every Dollar to Pay, Urge Bill Clinton, Bill Gates

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 7:40 pm
image The World AIDS conference on Monday had Bill Clinton and Bill Gates take a stringent tone as they rejected the demands of activists for more funding from leaders despite the downslide in the economy. Wading into a mounting controversy, the former US president stoutly defended Barack Obama, accused by campaigners of backsliding on AIDS pledges. And he joined with the Microsoft tycoon in calling for smarter, cheaper ways to treat and prevent HIV in an era of belt-tightening...

Vaginal Gel- A Powerful HIV-Prevention Option For Women

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 7:40 pm
image Scientists reported a major stride towards a vaginal gel that can thwart HIV, a goal that would be of huge benefit to African women bearing the brunt of the AIDS pandemic. A prototype cream tested in South Africa curbed the risk of infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by 39 percent overall, but by 54 percent among those women who used it most consistently, they said. The study coincided with the six-day 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna, where le...

UN Sees Drastic Rise in Patients on HIV Drugs

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image Anti-HIV drugs reached 1.2 million more people last year, the UN announced Monday at the world AIDS forum, as former US president Bill Clinton defended Barack Obama's funding to fight the disease. The increase meant that 5.2 million people had access to drugs to repress HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the UN's World Health Organisation said as thousands of delegates met at the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna. "This is the largest increase in people accessing...
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