Some experiences of HIV-positive people are horribly negative – young children abandoned by families, old men left to die on rubbish heaps – but thanks to better treatment options and public information, there are also stories of lives lived fruitfully and with courage. Shabnam Minwalla reviews three books that tell these stories
There is a definite case for curtailing the spread of blood-borne HIV by medical practitioners and bringing the prevalence of this iatrogenic spread of HIV to zero. But the authors are overstating the case when there is no need to do so, says Dr Anant Phadke
This small study carried out in Mysore found that 81% of mothers polled were agreeable to having their male children circumcised.
A WHO Progress Report on HIV/AIDS finds that the price for second-line treatment is unaffordable, that the vast majority of pregnant women in need of PMTCT services are not receiving them, and that the global coverage of HIV testing and counselling remains unsatisfactorily low.
The World AIDS Campaign this year focuses on combating HIV-related stigma and discrimination. A recent ILO study covering Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi and Manipur revealed just how extensive discrimination against the affected and infected is
Though hundreds of thousands of poor AIDS patients in the developing world are now on life-saving anti-retroviral drugs, the majority of the 3 million people targeted by the WHO initiative have not yet been reached. With only a year to go for the programme’s deadline, obstacles to the global AIDS treatment effort remain.
Fifteen million children under the age of 15 have been orphaned by AIDS till date, reversing the effects of better health and nutrition standards worldwide, says a new Unicef report.
A new UNAIDS/WHO report expresses concern about the spread of HIV/AIDS in China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, several central Asian republics, the Baltic states and north Africa.
AIDS and poverty are mutually reinforcing negative forces. An excerpt from ActionAid-Asia’s report ‘Time to Act: HIV/AIDS in Asia’.
By Max Martin
Human Rights Watch’s report ‘Future Forsaken: Abuses Against Children Affected by HIV/AIDS in India’ tells a damning story about the number of children in India affected by HIV/AIDS and the discrimination they face in schools, at medical institutions and at home.
The UNAIDS Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, released in July 2002, tracks the spread of the disease, points out why HIV constitutes a severe development crisis, and chronicles the hits and misses in the battle to control the epidemic. A summary.
A summary of the UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, released on July 29, 2008 in advance of the International AIDS Conference in Mexico.