Updates for World AIDS Day

Aids-worldaidsday-longbox December 1 is World AIDS Day. The Presbyterian International AIDS Office notes that several updates and reports have been released in the last few days. These indicate that though much work remains to be done, there is good news to share.

1) According to UNAIDS 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update, there is an eight-year trend that shows new HIV infections down by 17%, the most progress has been seen in sub-Saharan Africa where the number of new infections is approximately 15% lower. This translates to about 400,000 fewer infections than in 2008. This update includes nine priority areas that UNAIDS selected, which will guide future investments and mobilize focused, concerted action to reduce the spread of HIV. UNAIDS stresses that reducing and preventing the violence perpetrated against women and girls will lead to fewer infections as well as other health issues.

2) UNAIDS launched OUTLOOK [pdf], a new publication launched that explores new ideas and ways to use the data collected in the AIDS Epidemic Update companion report.

3) Children and AIDS: The Fourth Stocktaking Report, [pdf] a report published jointly by UNAIDS, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), features data on interventions that protect women and children from HIV and AIDS and a set of principles to guide accelerated action.

4) Find resources on peacemaking and HIV/AIDS.

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