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Over 50s missing from the HIV response says UNAIDS report

People sitting by an HIV/AIDS awareness sign in Zimbabwe

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.


New illicit drugs threatening HIV prevention efforts

A man preparing his pipe to smoke crack cocaine

30 October, 2013

New and uncontrolled illicit drugs could threaten previously stable HIV epidemics among injecting drug users (IDUs), if new patterns of injecting drug use are not responded to rapidly in cities with high numbers of IDUs. According to a study presented last week at the 14th European AIDS Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel witnessed an alarming increase in HIV diagnoses among IDUs, despite the epidemic being stable among this group for the last decade.


Drug resistant TB a global 'public health crisis'

A man is successfully treated for Tuberculosis

24 October, 2013

Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been dubbed a major ‘public health crisis’ in the new Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, released this week by the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Eastern Europe struggles to combat quadruple epidemic

A red AIDS awareness ribbon

18 October, 2013

Michel Kazatchkine raises the alarm at the European AIDS Conference - Eastern Europe is struggling to combat quadruple intersecting epidemics of injecting drug use, TB, hepatitis C and HIV.


Rapid increase of HIV infections in MSM in China

Social worker, HIV, HIV prevention, counselling

16 October, 2013

There has been a surge in new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China in recent years, indicating that the HIV epidemic in the country is in transition.