Global AIDS Funding Cuts Will Affect Millions, Activists Say

A US$1.6-billion cut in funding for AIDS treatment could affect millions of people as donors failed to meet commitments to the Global Fund, campaigners have said. The Global Fund last week said it would not bankroll new AIDS treatment projects until 2014 because the world financial crisis forced donor countries to cut spending. A civil […]

HIV Gel Trial Scrapped

In a major setback for AIDS prevention research, a clinical trial of a new vaginal gel supposed to reduce HIV infections has been suspended after studies showed it to be ineffective. Researchers from the Microbicide Trials Network, set up by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), expressed surprise at the outcome as a previous […]

Rare Strain of AIDS Virus ‘Moves Beyond Cameroon’

A very rare strain of AIDS virus previously found only among a few people in Cameroon has most probably spread outside the West African country, according to a case reported by The Lancet medical journal. The first identified infection with the so-called “group N” strain of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was found in 1998 […]

Man Is HIV-Free after Stem Cell Transplant

An American man is still HIV-free more than three years after receiving a stem cell transplant, suggesting the first-ever cure of the virus that causes AIDS, German doctors have said. But while the highly risky technique used on the man known as the “Berlin Patient” would not work for most of the 33 million people […]

US Vows to Fight AIDS Until It’s Gone

President Barack Obama has hailed “tremendous progress” made in the fight against AIDS and expressed hope of eradicating the disease that has claimed 25 million lives worldwide. “At a time when so many men and women are living with HIV and AIDS every day, let’s also recommit ourselves to build on the tremendous progress we’ve […]

Big Effort to Head off AIDS Risk

DALUNG Badung is working to head off an explosion of HIV/AIDS in the face of new national figures showing infections are rising sharply, especially among sexually active young people. The National AIDS Commission (KPA) last Sunday held an information and education session for students at Badung high schools, attended by Badung’s vice regent I Ketut […]