Tag Archive | UNAIDS

UNAIDS: Scrap Anti-gay bans to fight HIV

UNAIDS: Scrap Anti-gay bans to fight HIV

Scrapping [anti-gay] bans around the world is vital to fighting the spread of HIV, because it would encourage more people to get tested, Britain’s former health minister during the 1980s AIDS crisis said on Thursday. Norman Fowler, who this month takes up an ambassadorial role at the UN agency, UNAIDS, said many people are unwilling […]

Uganda: UN urges respect for LGBT+ ahead of polls

Uganda: UN urges respect for LGBT+ ahead of polls

The United Nations has called for LGBT+ Ugandans to be treated with respect and dignity, following homophobic remarks by some politicians, including the president, ahead of Thursday’s polls. Sexual minorities face widespread persecution in Uganda, where [homosexuality] is punishable by life imprisonment, and LGBT+ rights groups fear politicians exploiting anti-gay sentiment to win votes could […]

UNAIDS: World AIDS Day 2020 message – Winnie Byanyima

UNAIDS: World AIDS Day 2020 message – Winnie Byanyima

World AIDS Day 2020 message from UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima World AIDS Day 2020 will be like no other. COVID-19 is threatening the progress that the world has made in health and development over the past 20 years, including the gains we have made against HIV. Like all epidemics, it is widening the inequalities […]

UN: Faltering AIDS battle risks 10-year setback from COVID-19

UN: Faltering AIDS battle risks 10-year setback from COVID-19

(Reuters) – The global fight against AIDS was faltering even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and this newly-emerged viral disease is now threatening to put progress against HIV back by 10 years or more, the United Nations said on Monday. “The global HIV targets set for 2020 will not be reached,” the UN’s AIDS agency said […]

Celebrity HIV disclosures help reduce stigma

Celebrity HIV disclosures help reduce stigma

It was a photograph that went around the world. The image of Britain’s Princess Diana shaking hands with AIDS patients at a London hospital in 1987 was hailed as a milestone in the battle against the stigma surrounding people with the virus. Yet more than three decades later, despite recent moves by television star, Jonathan […]

UK: Gay men at risk without access to HIV prevention pill

UK: Gay men at risk without access to HIV prevention pill

Delays in rolling out an HIV prevention pill in Britain are putting gay men’s lives at risk, with thousands buying it online without medical supervision, HIV campaigners said on Wednesday. Britain is lagging behind the United States and Kenya, where the highly-effective drug is more widely available, as health authorities only give the pills to […]

UN: More urgency needed in AIDS fight as funding fades

UN: More urgency needed in AIDS fight as funding fades

(Reuters) – The global fight against AIDS is stalling due to lower investment, marginalised communities missing vital health services, and new HIV infections rising in some parts, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. Global funding for the AIDS fight dropped off significantly in 2018 – by nearly $1 billion – as international donors gave less, […]

Living in Venezuela now is hard – Being LGBT+ makes it harder

Living in Venezuela now is hard – Being LGBT+ makes it harder

Venezuela’s shrinking economy has sparked an exodus of LGBT+ people as the economic crisis has put the brakes on the country’s growing tolerance towards its gay and trans community, activists told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Not that Venezuela was ever an easy place to be different. For years, Daniel Arzola endured homophobic abuse from his […]

WEF: Companies must commit to workplace equality – senior business leaders

WEF: Companies must commit to workplace equality – senior business leaders

Companies must commit to equality in the workplace or miss out on millennial LGBT+ talent, global business leaders warned on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Sander van ‘t Noordende, group chief executive of products at professional services company Accenture, said a corporate culture of equality was both a human rights […]

Prince Harry & Elton John launch HIV campaign targeting men

Prince Harry & Elton John launch HIV campaign targeting men

(Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry joined pop star Elton John on Tuesday to launch a campaign to raise HIV awareness among men, warning that “dangerous complacency” about the virus threatened the quest to wipe it out. The billion-dollar project, MenStar, will target men living with or at risk of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, which has […]