Our World AIDS Day 2014 blog brings together voices from the field to share perspectives on the HIV epidemic on this day of remembrance and solidarity. This blog series includes messages from AVERT’s CEO, our partner, the Umunthu Foundation, and a case study from our South African partner, Sisonke. The blog also features guest pieces from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the Key Correspondents programme.
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.
Advertisers have already discovered it and are using it intensely. The question is, why are public healthcare providers not? Social media is an increasingly important form of communication, so why are healthcare providers not using this medium to get their messages across? A recent study shows how social media can inform the public about health.
Global leaders, leading academics, policy makers and people in the treatment industry and the HIV community are meeting in London this week for the annual summit, Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: Avoiding the Cost of Inaction. These stakeholders have all rallied behind the idea that ending the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat is possible, and within reach, if resources are pooled effectively.
The total amount spent on HIV prevention research in 2013 dropped by 4 percent (US$50 million) to US$1.26 billion. Key reasons for this decline include a reduction in investments by the United States and European government donors and changes in the international development landscape. This is presented in a report from the HIV Vaccines and Microbicides Resource Tracking Working Group.
Last week The Lancet published a study which used a new systematic analysis method for the global, regional and national incidence and mortality for HIV, TB and Malaria. This study revealed that previous HIV mortality estimates have been hugely overestimated, and that the HIV epidemic is actually around 25 percent smaller than previously estimated, particularly across the concentrated epidemics of Latin America and Eastern Europe.
AVERT shares its condolences and deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of life due to the crash of flight MH17. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and dear colleagues of those who have died. We pay tribute to those who were flying to attend the AIDS 2014 conference and recognise their invaluable contribution to the HIV response.
Ahead of the International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014), UNAIDS has released a major report emphasising the progress and highlighting the gaps in the global response to HIV. While many people have benefited from the response, leading to a 38 percent reduction in the number of new infections between 2001 and 2013, not all populations have benefited equally.
An eminent spokesperson on the global AIDS response and former Member of Parliament in the UK has spoken of the challenges that continue to fuel the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Ahead of the publication of a new book this week, Lord Norman Fowler highlights the role that ignorance and prejudice play in holding back a comprehensive response to HIV and AIDS in many parts of the world.