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UNAIDS report calls for speedy response to the global HIV epidemic

21 November, 2014

The rate of new HIV infections is likely to increase without rapid action over the next 5 years according to the latest UNAIDS report. The report, "Fast-Track: Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030", says that the adoption of a Fast-Track approach would prevent 28 million new HIV infections and 21 million AIDS-related deaths by 2030.


Twitter’s potential role in the delivery of health messages

14 November, 2014

A recent study shows that social media can inform the public about health. Real-time, follow-up, information on healthcare services and healthcare information could be vital in the provision of health care.


Stem cell research could lead to a cure for HIV

12 November, 2014

Researchers from Harvard Stem Cell Institute published how blood cells can be made inaccessible to HIV virus. This new development could potentially lead to a cure for HIV.


Key populations continue to affect HIV epidemic in the US

10 November, 2014

New HIV infections among the general population in the United States have declined by 5.6 percent from 2008 to 2011, according to a new report by the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC). The report also finds that key affected populations have been left behind – with men who have sex with men (MSM), young people, adolescents and adults under 30 experiencing an increase in new HIV infections over the same period.


Namibian Supreme Court rules that women have been sterilised without consent

7 November, 2014

Namibian women have won their case against the government, holding public hospitals responsible for the sterilisation of women living with HIV without their informed consent. The case was brought to court by three women who where sterilised without consent by doctors in public hospitals after giving birth. The Supreme Court ruled that the practice of the hospitals violated the legal rights of the women.