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A tribute to the life of Mandela from South Africa

10 December, 2013

Today, the memorial service of Nelson Mandela is being held at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela’s closest confidants, global leaders and other well-known figures are in attendance, alongside an expected 80,000 members of the public, coming to pay their respects and, above all, celebrate an extraordinary life.


US increases commitment to Global Fund

6 December, 2013

The United States has increased their commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (TB) to a potential US$5 billion.


Getting to zero: How AVERT’s partners are marking World AIDS Day 2013

29 November, 2013

An overview of what AVERT's partner organisations in Malawi and South Africa are planning for World AIDS Day (1st December 2013).


UK: One in five PLHIV unaware of their status

22 November, 2013

One in five people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the United Kingdom (UK) are unaware of their HIV status, according to the new HIV in the UK 2013 Report.


New US guidelines highlight importance of primary care for PLHIV

20 November, 2013

Guidelines on how to care for people living with HIV (PLHIV) will be changed in the United States to reflect the fact that for many, HIV is now a manageable chronic illness. The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) are advising physicians to concentrate on preventative health, particular for screening of common problems such as high cholesterol, diabetes and osteoporosis.


UK: HIV testing in high prevalence areas falls short

13 November, 2013

Routine HIV testing in high prevalence areas falls short in the UK. This is concerning news as late diagnosis of HIV is becoming a significant issue in the country.


HIV 'invisibility cloak' discovered

8 November, 2013

Researchers have discovered how HIV can hide inside cells and remain unnoticed by the immune system, according to new research published in Nature this week. The HIV ‘invisibility cloak’ consists of two molecules that shield the virus, allowing it to replicate without prompting an immune response. Whilst it is still in the very early stages, the authors state that the new findings could lead to the development of new treatments for HIV, as well as helping to improve existing ones.


Over 50s missing from the HIV response says UNAIDS report

1 November, 2013

The over 50s are increasingly underserved by HIV services, according to a new report released today by UNAIDS. ‘HIV and Ageing’ supplements the 2013 Global Report, and focuses on the shifting demographic of the HIV epidemic, as a result of the growing number of people living with HIV age 50 and over. New figures show that in low- and middle-income countries, 10 percent of people living with HIV are aged 50 and above. This number is even higher in high-income countries – at 33 percent.