Amid mounting concern that progress in fighting the global AIDS epidemic is stalling, campaigners were given a boost from a surprising quarter this week. Confounding expectations, South Africa — home to the world’s largest population of people living with HIV — has recorded a significant decline in the number of people contracting the virus. A major national survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa’s main official statistician, found that the number of new HIV infections had dropped by 44 percent since the last major study in 2012. The findings came as UNAIDS, the body set up by the United Nations to tackle the epidemic, warned that a global effort to bring the disease under control was “slipping off track”. In its latest report, also published this week, UNAIDS warned that although fewer people were dying, thanks to a rise in treatment rates, the fight against HIV was at a “precarious point” because progress … [Read more...] about Fall in number of new cases of HIV sparks surprise in South Africa
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God and big pharma Teaming up to fight HIV and Aids in Africa Aids is still killing more than 700,000 people a year in Africa. The problem is no longer the price of drugs but getting them to those in most need. We follow the nuns, medics and big pharma executives trying to bridge the last mile. By Paul Nuki Global Health Security Editor18 JULY 2018 • 5:28 PM BST God and big pharma Teaming up to fight HIV and Aids in Africa Aids is still killing more than 700,000 people a year in Africa. The problem is no longer the price of drugs but getting them to those in most need. We follow the nuns, medics and big pharma executives trying to bridge the last mile. By Paul Nuki Global Health Security Editor18 JULY 2018 • 5:28 PM BST They are an odd couple and perhaps not one you would expect to be fighting HIV and Aids together in Africa: an Irish nun and a jet-setting pharmaceuticals executive. The Vatican and condoms. God and big … [Read more...] about HIV and Aids in Africa has a new adversary – God and big pharma
The near 40-year quest for an AIDS vaccine received a hopeful boost Saturday when scientists announced that a trial drug triggered an immune response in humans and shielded monkeys from infection. Shown to be safe in humans, the candidate vaccine has now advanced to the next phase of the pre-approval trial process, and will be tested in 2,600 women in southern Africa to see whether it prevents HIV infection. While the results so far have been encouraging, the research team and outside experts warn there are no guarantees it will actually work in the next trial phase dubbed HVTN705 or "Imbokodo" -- the isiZulu word for "rock". "Although these data are promising, we need to remain cautious," study leader Dan Barouch, a Harvard Medical School professor, told AFP. Just because it protected two-thirds of monkeys in a lab trial doesn't mean the drug will protect humans, "and thus we need to await the results of the... study before we know whether or not this vaccine will protect humans … [Read more...] about Candidate AIDS vaccine passes key early test
HIV is a vicious virus that attacks the immune system, and can kill infected people if it's left untreated. There are now than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK - while an estimated 35 million people are infected worldwide. Here's everything you need to know about it... How many people have died because of HIV? Since 1984, a shocking 34 million people have died of HIV, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. World AIDS Day is held on December 1 every year - as an opportunity for people to show their support for those living with HIV, and remember those who have died. It was the first ever annual world health day - launched 28 years ago, in 1988 - and people will be wearing red ribbons to show their support for those affected. Some 6,000 people are diagnosed with the condition in the UK every year, and an estimated 17 per cent of sufferers do not know they are infected. A rise in HIV being diagnosed late was recently blamed on straight men … [Read more...] about What are the symptoms of HIV and AIDs, how does the test work and is there a cure?
South Africa has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with 7.1 million people living with the virus. There is a huge gender disparity in infection rates, with nearly four times the number of young women infected than men their age. Not only are women disproportionately infected, but there is another burden tying them to this life-changing illness. Many women have been unknowingly infected with HIV, then unknowingly passed it on to their children. Guilt, shame and responsibility are words that swirl around this heartbreaking effect of the virus, and the aftermath of such a diagnosis lasts a lifetime. This is Sylvia, a woman that lives and breathes these statistics. And a woman fighting to make history. *** A person who brims with energy and love, Sylvia Mdluli’s pride in her daughter is palpable. “Oh when Shameen was born I was the happiest mother on earth! She’s here with me now – say hello Shameen – she just turned 17.” Fourteen … [Read more...] about Forgotten Women: Why women in South Africa are carrying the burden of HIV – and how they could soon eliminate it among children