For every 100 people put on treatment, 250 are newly infected, according to the United Nations’ AIDS-fighting agency, Unaids.
There is more here and the article is interesting throughout. Victories in the war against AIDS in Africa are being reversed and fairly quickly at that.
Prevalence of HIV among young people is falling in some of the worst-hit countries around the world amid a change in their sexual behaviour patterns, UNAIDS said Tuesday."For the first time... reductions in HIV prevalence among young people have coincided with a change in sexual behaviour patterns among people," said the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS in a report."A change is happening among young people across the world, especially in parts of sub-Saharan Africa" where about 80 percent of infected youths -- four million -- live," said UNAIDS.
Mobile phones may be a key weapon in the war against HIV and AIDS in Africa, says to the UNAIDS chief.The relatively new technology has a role to play in a continent plagued by inadequate health centres and dilapidated infrastructure, said Michel Sidibe, the executive director of the United Nations AIDS agency."You can talk about different policies, about capacity building, but you can't beat this kind of epidemic with facility-based approach only," he added.
More money, less waste and smarter programmes are urgently needed to consolidate precious gains in the war on AIDS and HIV, UNAIDS said on ahead of the disease's 30th anniversary."The number of people becoming infected and dying is decreasing, but the international resources needed to sustain this progress have declined for the first time in 10 years, despite tremendous unmet needs," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday.
Leading scientists fighting the world's worst Aids epidemic have called on African leaders to head a month-long sexual abstinence campaign, saying it would substantially reduce new infections.
Epidemiologists Alan Whiteside and Justin Parkhurst cite evidence that a newly infected person is most likely to transmit HIV in the month after being exposed to it. An abstinence campaign could cut new infections by up to 45%, they say – a huge step in countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland.
Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed.
On a hot day in June 2004, the Pashtun tribesman was lounging inside a mud compound in South Waziristan, speaking by satellite phone to one of the many reporters who regularly interviewed him on how he had fought and humbled Pakistan’s army in the country’s western mountains. He asked one of his followers about the strange, metallic bird hovering above him.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has called for jihad in Mali, a monitoring group said Tuesday, after four days of suicide attacks and guerrilla fighting in territory French-led forces reclaimed from Islamist rebels.
This is a post to recognize the 40th anniversary of the day in 1971 that President Nixon declared the U.S. government would start waging a "War on Drugs" war on peaceful Americans who chose to use intoxicants not approved of by the U.S. government (HT: Don B.).
An ongoing log of the daily activities of the 44th president of the United States during his first 100 days:
-Did someone say we'd hit the bottom? That person wasn't Larry Summers, President Obama's top economic adviser. Summers brought his cheery message to ABC's "This Week" program where he said job cuts weren't going to stop soon and added that no one can make the judgment that the downturn is over.