Saturday, December 9, 2023

Topic: AIDS

From AIDS to Omicron; Pharmaceutical apartheid

The persistence and the vastly unequal impacts of the ongoing AIDS epidemic serve as a warning as the new Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus makes its way around the world.

HIV, COVID exacerbate inequalities, impact people in terms of access to treatment: UN

The early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic were "plagued by confusion, fear, isolation, and discrimination" against those infected or at high risk, Abdulla Shahid, President of the UN General Assembly reminded a commemorative meeting on Tuesday marking World AIDS Day – 40 years after the first cases were reported.

UN says Covid-19 pandemic hampered action to end AIDS

The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a declaration calling for urgent action to end AIDS by 2030, noting “with alarm” that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and pushed access to AIDS medicines, treatments and diagnosis further off track.