More health workers needed to achieve HIV/AIDS targets

BANGKOK, 2 February 2011 (PlusNews Global) - With the current number of health workers worldwide, most developing countries will not be able to achieve Millennium Development Goal 6, which includes universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment by 2015, according to a 2011 World Health Organization (WHO) report which reviewed progress in five countries. full report

GLOBAL: Patent pool gets first licence but drug companies still not on board

NAIROBI, 1 October 2010 (PlusNews Global) - The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has become the first patent holder to join the recently created Medicines Patent Pool, but unless other patent holders follow suit, the NIH's move will not increase access to HIV treatment. full report

GLOBAL: New ways to bridge the AIDS funding gap

Johannesburg, 30 September 2010 (PlusNews Global) - Money, or the lack of it, is likely to be the deciding factor in meeting global health targets. This was one of the main messages to emerge from both the recent Millennium Development Goals (MDG) summit in New York, and the latest report by UNAIDS on progress towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care. full report

GLOBAL: Value for money central to achieving universal access

NAIROBI, 28 September 2010 (PlusNews Global) - A global shortage of funds for the fight against HIV means universal access to prevention, treatment and care is unlikely unless HIV programmes get better value for their investments, says a new report by UNAIDS, the UN Children's Fund and the UN World Health Organization. full report

GLOBAL: Straight Talk with Dr Zeda Rosenberg, CEO of the International Partnership for Microbicides

Johannesburg, 12 August 2010 (PlusNews Global) - There were cheers and some tears at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna in July when delegates heard the news that a clinical trial in South Africa, had found a vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral drug, tenofovir, was 39 percent effective at reducing women's risk of contracting HIV during sex. full report

GLOBAL: "Seek, test, treat and retain" to stem HIV among drug users

VIENNA, 28 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - Activists and scientists at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna called on governments to stop criminalizing drug users and instead to provide them with addiction and HIV treatment. full report

GLOBAL: Straight Talk with Eric Goosby, head of PEPFAR

VIENNA, 26 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - The US president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has committed about US$32 billion to the global fight against HIV since its launch in 2003, making it the largest donor for HIV/AIDS globally. Following annual increases in contributions, however, PEPFAR has effectively flat-lined funding from 2009. full report

GLOBAL: Survey reveals gaps in doctor-patient dialogue

Johannesburg, 26 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - A new, global survey has revealed the conversations healthcare providers aren’t having with their HIV-positive patients with potentially negative consequences for their treatment and health. full report

GLOBAL: Hunting for a "cure" for HIV

Vienna, 23 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - A successful microbicide trial and the promise of HIV treatment as prevention have dominated the scientific breakthroughs making headlines at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, but scientists working on a cure for HIV say they are making slow but significant headway in finding a permanent solution to the epidemic. full report

GLOBAL: Criminalization of HIV on trial

Vienna, 23 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - There is a tug-of-war going on with governments trying to criminalize the transmission of HIV on one side, and activists who say such laws are not only ineffective as a deterrent but are also harming the fight against AIDS, on the other. full report
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