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New survey results indicate that Nigeria has an HIV prevalence of 1.4%

Expanded data collection and analysis provides better understanding of HIV epidemic in Nigeria

Results released today by the Government of Nigeria indicate a national HIV prevalence in Nigeria of 1.4% among adults aged 15–49 years. Previous estimates had indicated a national HIV prevalence of 2.8%. UNAIDS and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS estimate that there are 1.9 million people living…

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On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS calls for greater action to protect young women and adolescent girls

Every day, 460 adolescent girls become infected with HIV and every week 350 adolescent girls die of AIDS-related illnesses

On International Women’s Day, UNAIDS is urging countries to step up and protect young women and adolescent girls from HIV. AIDS-related illnesses remain the leading cause of death for women aged 15–49 years globally. In 2017, 66% of new HIV infections among 10–19-year-olds were among females globally—in eastern and southern…

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UNAIDS welcomes large-scale HIV prevention trial results showing a 30% decline in the rate of new HIV infections

The study took place between 2013 and 2018 and included 21 urban communities in Zambia and South Africa, covering a total population of 1 million people

UNAIDS welcomes the results from the HPTN 071 (PopART) trial. The results showed a 30% decline in new HIV infections where HIV prevention, including home-based HIV counselling and testing, was provided, as well as referral to HIV care and treatment for people testing positive for HIV according to country guidelines.…

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Tanzanian and South African experts exchange expertise

The United Republic of Tanzania will take over the Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in August

A Tanzanian delegation touring South Africa has stressed the role of political leadership in the AIDS response and noted the importance of matching policies and legislation to the responses to HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Led by Oscar Rwegasira Mukasa, the Chair of the HIV and Narcotics Parliamentary Committee of the…

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UNAIDS welcomes Shannon Hader as new Deputy Executive Director of Programme

Dr Hader has worked in the response to HIV in a number of duty stations throughout Africa since she first joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1999

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Shannon Hader as the new Deputy Executive Director of Programme of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. “Shannon is an exceptional leader in AIDS and TB—with extensive experience in improving systems for health,” said…

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African Union recognizes Executive Director of UNAIDS for his outstanding achievements in tackling AIDS

The motion was passed during the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 11 February 2019

The African Union has passed a motion of support for the Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé recognizing that the invaluable work of UNAIDS, under the leadership of Mr Sidibé, has saved many lives and has had a decisive impact on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The motion was passed…

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UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO urge countries in western and central Africa to step up the pace in the response to HIV for children and adolescents

In 2017, around 67 000 children (aged 0–9 years) and 69 000 adolescents (aged 10–19 years) became newly infected with HIV

At a high-level meeting in Dakar, Senegal, UNAIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries in western and central Africa to do more to stop new HIV infections among children and adolescents and increase HIV testing and treatment coverage. In 2017, around 67…

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UNAIDS to work with uniformed forces in the Central African Republic to end sexual violence and abuse and stop new HIV infections

New initiative launched to engage the military and other uniformed personnel in HIV awareness, prevention and treatment and eliminate sexual and gender-based violence by defence and security forces

UNAIDS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of National Defence and Reconstruction of the Army, the Ministry of Health and Population and the National AIDS Committee of the Central African Republic. The aim of the MoU is to reduce new HIV infections within the military and…

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The African Union and UNAIDS, as chair of the H6 partnership, join forces to tackle sexual and violence and health in humanitarian crises

The rise in the frequency and scale of humanitarian crises is having a devastating impact, particularly on women and children

UNAIDS, chair of the H6 partnership (six United Nations bodies working on health-related issues) and the African Union have pledged to enhance their collaboration to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence, prevent HIV, and protect women’s health and rights in humanitarian settings. A new programme of work on this common agenda…

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Message from United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director following a meeting with civil society leaders in South Africa

Message from United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director following a meeting with civil society leaders in South Africa: During my recent visit to South Africa, I listened carefully to you, I heard you. The HIV epidemic is inextricably linked to sexual and gender-based violence and the…