UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima shares that there is currently no strong evidence that people living with HIV are at an especially increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or, that if they do contract it, they will experience a worse outcome. People living with HIV should take all recommended preventive measures to minimize exposure and prevent infection, and all countries should ensure that medication is available.
Programmes to scale-up HIV testing and treatment in countries in sub-Saharan Africa may have had less impact on new HIV infections than hoped, partly because they haven’t paid enough attention to groups that contribute disproportionately to HIV acquisition and transmission, experts say.
The 20th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2019), which took place from 2-7 December at the Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda, represented a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the African region’s HIV epidemic an
Girls and women make up more than half of the 37.9 million people living with HIV - most are living in Eastern and Southern Africa. Ending AIDS by 2030 requires that we address girls’ and women’s diverse roles by putting them at the centre of the response.
The 2019 SDG Gender Index finds that, across the 129 countries studied, no country has fully achieved the promise of gender equality envisioned in the ambitious 2030 Agenda. The global average score of 65.7 out of 100 is “poor”; barely a “passing grade”. This means that nearly 40% of the world’s girls and women – 1.4 billion – live in countries that are failing on gender equality, and another 1.4 billion live in countries that “barely pass”.