HIV/AIDS in the People's Republic of China
On June 5, 1981, when the Centers for Disease Control reported five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in young homosexual men in Los Angeles,1 few suspected it heralded a pandemic of AIDS. In 1983, a retrovirus (later named the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV) was isolated from a patient with AIDS.
NGOs in both developing and developed countries and disease burdened communities have expressed concern about the lack of resources needed to fund their fight against HIV and AIDS.
UNGASS Declaration must set targets for addressing critical shortage of HIV/AIDS health workers
UNITED NATIONS, May 30 -- Five years after the United Nations' historic first general assembly on AIDS, the world has seen a huge increase in money and attention going to the 25-year-old epidemic, as well as evidence that the disease has stabilized in many areas and is retreating in more than a few.
DURBAN, May 28 (IPS) - Researchers say they are bracing for a sharp rise in the cost of public health services in South Africa within the next few years, due to HIV/AIDS. And, they warn that the country's health department might not be able to cope with its ever-growing responsibilities if government fails to increase the department's budget substantially.
HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa is under-reported, the voices of those most affected are least heard, and the gender dimensions of the pandemic are not well reflected, according to a study released here on World Press Freedom Day, according to a statement.
Before 1994, knowledge about HIV and pregnancy was scarce. Evidence suggested that about one-third of babies born to HIV-positive women would be HIV-positive themselves. There was fear that pregnancy might accelerate the development of Aids in women who were HIV-positive but had no symptoms. Most often, HIV testing was offered only to pregnant women considered to be at risk of HIV, or provided at the request of the patient herself.
1 March 2006 Children living with HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa will have greater access to antiretrovirals and other treatments under an agreement signed this week between the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) and the Baylor College of Medicine of Texas.
Parliament - National government's HIV/Aids health grant to provinces, which funds the antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme, will increase by over R400 million in the coming financial year. According to the estimates of spending tabled by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel on Wednesday, the grant, which stands at R1.15 billion in the current financial year, will rise to R1.57 billion in 2006/07.
Changes in sexual behaviour are believed to have triggered a striking decline in HIV in eastern Zimbabwe, according to a team of British scientists. Blood tests taken from people across the region show that HIV prevalence has dropped most steeply among the young, with 49% fewer women aged 15 to 24 testing positive and a 23% drop in infections among men of 17 to 29 years old.