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Agence France-Presse Publishes Series of Articles on Status of HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Advance of XVI International AIDS Conference

August 8, 2006

Agence France-Presse on Sunday and Monday published a series of articles on the status of the HIV/AIDS pandemic ahead of the XVI International AIDS Conference, which will be held Aug. 13 through Aug. 18 in Toronto. Summaries of the articles appear below.

  • "AIDS-Blighted Africa Still Slow To Roll Out ARV Therapy": African countries have taken "some strides" in the HIV/AIDS epidemic over the last 25 years, but health officials say that a shortage of funds, weak health systems and poor management "mean[s] that far more needs to done" to curb the disease and provide access to treatment, Agence France-Presse reports (Agence France-Presse, 8/7).
  • "Coping Replaces Despair in San Francisco Gay Mecca as AIDS Turns 25": "Twenty-five years ago a mysterious disease that came to be known as AIDS cut a deadly swath through San Francisco," the Agence France-Presse reports. There have been nearly 18,000 deaths in the city because of AIDS-related illnesses since then, according to Jason Riggs spokesperson for the Stop AIDS Project (Agence France-Presse, 8/6).
  • "Experts Take Stock After First Quarter Century of War on AIDS": This year's International AIDS Conference should "unfold in a mood of relative optimism and serenity" in contrast to previous conferences because countries have boosted efforts to fight HIV/AIDS; low-cost antiretroviral drugs are being made available to developing countries; and the search for an HIV vaccine is "beyond the horizon," AFP/ChannelNewsAsia reports (AFP/ChannelNewsAsia, 8/7).
  • "Fear Isolates AIDS Sufferers in China": As China addresses its HIV/AIDS epidemic, advocates have called for increased efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS stigma in the country; improved monitoring and counseling services for HIV-positive people; and expanded HIV testing for high-risk groups, including injection drug users, Agence France-Presse reports (Agence France-Presse, 8/6)
  • "Questions Remain as Indians Claim Progress in Fight Against AIDS": AFP/Yahoo! News examines efforts by HIV/AIDS advocates and nongovernmental organizations in India to discuss educating commercial sex workers about HIV prevention and reducing the social stigma surrounding the disease (Phillip, AFP/Yahoo! News, 8/7).
  • "Russia Finds Money Alone Will Not Stem HIV": Russian states' and local governments' mismanagement of HIV/AIDS services, poor education in many rural areas and discrimination against HIV-positive people continue to leave some HIV-positive people unable to access HIV treatment and education in the country, Agence France-Presse reports (Agence France-Presse, 8/6).
  • "Senegal's Low HIV Prevalence, Envy of Many in Africa": Senegal is regarded as Africa's "pioneer" in battling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the AFP/Independent Online reports. According to 2005 UNAIDS data, the country has one of the lowest HIV prevalence rates at 0.7% (Grosbois, AFP/Independent Online, 8/7).
  • "U.S. Gays' Role Honored in Fight for AIDS Awareness": HIV/AIDS advocates and health officials discuss the U.S. gay community's vital role in raising awareness of and mobilizing efforts to fight HIV/AIDS since the pandemic's inception, Agence France-Presse reports (Agence France-Presse, 8/6).
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