HIV News making the rounds …….Milestones

In the past few weeks , the HIV/AIDS community has seen some tremendous progress and achieved great milestones.

UNAIDS officially informed the world that the goal of placing 15 million people on life saving treatment by year 2015 has been reached nine months ahead of schedule; a feat which demonstrates that ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible.  This great news is coming on the heels of the global transitioning from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

There has been decline in new infections, AIDS related deaths and reduction in drug pricing among others. Some countries like Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ethiopia in Sub-Saharan Africa recorded visible success in halting and reversing the epidemic.  Despite this achievement, the HIV/AIDS community can not rest on its oars just yet , as there is still a lot to be done. The criminalization of HIV, low domestic funding, cut back in donor funding, high prevalence in women and girls, poor lab monitoring, and drug stock-outs are issues which require urgent intervention.

See: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2015/july/20150714_PR_MDG6report

New Consolidated guidelines on HIV Testing Services  :  WHO also released the new consolidated guidelines on HIV Testing Services ; which can be summarized in 5Cs – Consent, Confidentiality, Counselling, Correct test results and Connection.

See : http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/guidelines/hiv-testing-services/en/

The 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention is currently ongoing in Vancouver , Canada. Visit the http://www.ias2015.org/  daily updates.

RRA

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