Press release and statement archive


October

UNAIDS welcomes new indications of effectiveness of antiretroviral medicines in preventing HIV among men who have sex with men

Independent monitoring bodies of two PrEP trials recommend offering antiretroviral medicines to all study participants

29 October 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

September

Landmark HIV diagnostic access program will save $150m and help achieve new global goals on HIV

Roche today announced a major Global Access Program to sharply lower the price of HIV viral load tests in low- and middle-income countries. This new initiative creates a ceiling price of US$ 9.40 per test, and will reduce Roche’s average price by more than 40% in low- and middle-income countries. When fully implemented, the Global Access Program is projected to save more than US$ 150 million in costs over the next five years.

25 September 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS appoints Victoria Beckham as International Goodwill Ambassador

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed leading fashion designer Victoria Beckham as UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. The announcement was made at a special event held during the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

25 September 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Countries ready to “Fast Track” response to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030

High-level panel emphasizes fragile five-year window for rapid and massive acceleration of HIV treatment and prevention services. New agreement to reduce cost of viral load tests for HIV by nearly 60% will improve the quality of life for millions of people on HIV treatment.

25 September 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

August

UNAIDS welcomes Uganda’s Constitutional Court decision to annul anti-homosexuality law

Law that further criminalized adult consensual same sex sexual conduct declared “null and void”.

01 August 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

July

New law in the Comoros strengthens protection for people living with HIV

Law confirms no restrictions on entry, stay or residence and guarantees access to treatment for all.

24 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and partners launch initiative to improve HIV diagnostics

Partners will advocate for increased funding and price reductions, strengthen efforts to ensure highest quality diagnostic services and forge partnerships to close diagnostic access gaps.

23 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Ten organizations receive Red Ribbon Award for outstanding community leadership on AIDS

Ten exceptional community-based organizations have won the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for their inspiring work in reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic. They were presented with the prestigious prize in a special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia.

21 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Global leaders commit to ending the AIDS epidemic in cities by 2030

In a meeting initiated by UNAIDS and hosted by the city of Melbourne, Australia, global leaders agreed that cities and local leadership are the key to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

20 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS in shock over tragic loss of life

UNAIDS expresses deep sadness over the loss of life of the passengers and crew of flight MH17, which crashed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, 17 July 2014.

18 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Declining investment could slow research and rollout of new HIV prevention options

Report shows prevention R&D funding falls 4% due to public sector research budget reductions in US, Europe

18 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Kaiser/UNAIDS study finds dip in donor government commitments for AIDS in 2013

Actual disbursements in 2013 increased 8% as some funds from earlier years were spent

18 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS report shows that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus

In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are on treatment—ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 will require smart scale-up to close the gap

16 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes Australia’s commitment to equal treatment of people living with HIV in its immigration policies

HIV treated as other chronic conditions in immigration health assessment.

10 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS Board calls for ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030

The 34th meeting of UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board has concluded in Geneva after three days of discussions and debate. The importance of ensuring the inclusion of HIV in the post-2015 sustainable development goals, ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 and social protection were topics high on the agenda.

04 July 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

May

On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day UNAIDS calls for scaled-up action to find a vaccine for HIV

On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day UNAIDS is urging for global efforts to be stepped up to find an effective HIV vaccine and accelerate progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic.

16 May 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela reminds us that the dignity of each of us can only thrive if we embrace the freedom of all.

14 May 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and UNWTO ST-EP Foundation release a unique new book on HIV for children

UNAIDS and the UN World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation have released a new book on HIV for children.

08 May 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

April

Brazilian football star David Luiz appointed new UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador

UNAIDS leverages the power of football ahead of FIFA 2014 World Cup

16 April 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Deborah Birx as the new US Global AIDS Coordinator

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) congratulates Dr Deborah Birx on her appointment as Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of US Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally, leading the US Government’s international HIV efforts.

03 April 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

March

Cooperation for the local manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in Africa intensifies

African Union, UNAIDS, UNECA, UNIDO convene event with African finance ministers

29 March 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Tajikistan lifts travel restrictions for people living with HIV

UNAIDS welcomes the recent lifting of all restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV in Tajikistan. The amendments to the Law on HIV/AIDS were signed by the President of Tajikistan Emomalii Rahmon, on 14 March 2014.

28 March 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS calls for earlier access to HIV and TB testing and treatment services

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day UNAIDS is making an urgent call for global efforts to be stepped up to ensure earlier testing and treatment of TB and HIV. TB remains a leading cause of death among people living with HIV. In 2012, there were an estimated 1.1 million new cases of TB among people living with HIV—with 75% of new cases occurring among people living in Africa.

21 March 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS Protect the Goal campaign tour kicks-off in South Africa

GENEVA/JOHANNESBURG, 5 March 2014—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in cooperation with the Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation (TMZF) and the South African Football Association Development Agency (SDA), have announced the kick-off of the Protect the Goal world tour. Protect the Goal, which was first launched at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is a campaign to raise awareness around HIV prevention and encourage young people to get actively involved in both the national and global response to HIV.

05 March 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Stand together on International Women’s Day

Message from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on International Women’s Day

05 March 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

IFRC and UNAIDS join forces to reach 15 million people with HIV treatment by 2015

The IFRC and UNAIDS will combine expertise and capacity to support the implementation of UNAIDS’ Treatment 2015 initiative and develop a community model for delivering scaled-up access to HIV treatment.

04 March 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Countries around the world celebrate Zero Discrimination Day

UNAIDS is inspired by the incredible response to the first Zero Discrimination Day

01 March 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

February

On the eve of Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls for the protection for the health and human rights of vulnerable populations

Statement from Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS

28 February 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

Zero Discrimination Day to be celebrated 1 March 2014

UNAIDS garners global support for first Zero Discrimination Day

27 February 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS warns of worsening conditions for internally displaced people in Central African Republic

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Michel Sidibé and high-level delegation visit IDP sites

20 February 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS urges greater protection for the most vulnerable in the Central African Republic

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on joint humanitarian mission warns of a growing health crisis

19 February 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS expresses deep concern over impact of Ugandan bill on the rights of gay men

If signed into law the controversial bill would toughen punishments against gay people in Uganda

18 February 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and Lancet Commission to put forward recommendations on AIDS and global health for the post-2015 debate

The UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS – Advancing global health, reconvenes in London for final meeting on the future of HIV and global health

13 February 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

January

The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, Rihanna and UNAIDS team up to reach nearly 2 million young people in need of lifesaving HIV treatment

Star studded effort to support the expansion of treatment 2015 with US$ 2 million grant to UNAIDS to deliver HIV treatment and care for adolescents and young people worldwide

30 January 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and the World Bank Group endorse action points to address extreme poverty and AIDS

During a high-level meeting and discussions in Washington last week, UNAIDS and the World Bank Group endorsed four areas of action to accelerate efforts that address the interrelated challenges of AIDS, inequality and extreme poverty.

15 January 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and the Global Fund express deep concern about the impact of a new law affecting the AIDS response and human rights of LGBT people in Nigeria

UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria express deep concern that access to HIV services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people will be severely affected by a new law in Nigeria––further criminalizing LGBT people, organizations and activities as well as people who support them.

14 January 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)

UNAIDS and the Organization of American States join efforts to advance the response to HIV in the Americas

UNAIDS and the Organization of American States (OAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in efforts to advance the response to HIV among the OAS Member States.

10 January 2014   |   Email this link to me   |    (PDF)