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Worldwide, 37.9 million people are infected with HIV. 19 million people do not know that they have the virus. 75 million people have been infected and 32 million people infected with HIV have died since 1981. Every year 1.8 million people die of AIDS related diseases and 2.7 million people become infected with HIV. One forth of individuals infected with HIV are not aware that they have been infected. Each hour, 300 people around the world will contract HIV. AIDS kills more people than any other infectious disease. People are dying and many more millions will likely die due to the lack of condom use. Sex with a condom is by far our best resource in preventing HIV infection through sexual contact. Sexual contact accounts for 95 percent of all new HIV infections worldwide. Safe Sex = Disease Prevention - STAY SAFE - USE A CONDOM EVERY TIME!

"HIV needs to be in the media each and every day as most people only see snippets of news and these are not effective enough. For this reason, in 2007, I decided to include an HIV/AIDS News page where people could find information on many HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) related issues. I collaborate with individuals, groups and organizations throughout the world, to include their HIV/AIDS news articles, press releases, events, workshops, conferences and more on PositivelyPositive.ca. News items stay on the HIV/AIDS News page for a month, and then go into the HIV/AIDS News Archives."
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AIDS 2020: Virtual - National Memorial Quilt
Premiered July 10, 2020 - + Ambassador Deborah Birx – Host Karl Schmid talks with Ambassador Birx about global commitments and her current role as White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and how her past experiences overseeing the implementation of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and as US Global AIDS Coordinator have helped her tackle this new role.
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Adeeba Kamarulzaman of Malaysia announced as the first Asian President of IAS – the International AIDS Society
July 10, 2020 - IAS has announced nine newly elected and three re-elected members to its Governing Council. Adeeba Kamarulzaman of Malaysia is the new IAS President and Sharon Lewin of Australia the President-Elect, with Jennifer Kates of the United States serving as Treasurer.
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AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode Five ft. Ambassador Birx and Guy Vanderburg
Premiered Jul 10, 2020 - + Ambassador Deborah Birx – Host Karl Schmid talks with Ambassador Birx about global commitments and her current role as White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and how her past experiences overseeing the implementation of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and as US Global AIDS Coordinator have helped her tackle this new role.
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AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode Four MTV Shuga ''Alone Together''
Premiered Jul 9, 2020 - + MTV Shuga: Alone Together – Join host Karl Schmid as he talks to leadership and cast members from the award-winning behavioural change campaign MTV Shuga about life during COVID-19 lockdown, what it’s like to live with HIV and why digital content is important during these unique times.
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We Can’t End AIDS Without Fighting Racism
July 9, 2020 - As America continues its long-overdue reckoning with racism and systemic injustice, we must address the devastating impact of the disease on the Black community.
The color of your skin should not determine the quality of your health. But in the United States, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is exacerbated by racism, bias, and discrimination. As America continues its long-overdue reckoning with racism and systemic injustice, we must address the devastating impact of the disease on the Black community. An end to the AIDS epidemic can only be achieved through dignity, respect, love, and compassion for all.
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View All 48,000 Panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt
July 9, 2020 - They’re pictured in one awe-inspiring digital image. Meanwhile, select panels are displayed in San Francisco as part of AIDS 2020.
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Breaking research advances announced ahead of virtual COVID-19 Conference
9 July 2020 - COVID-19 Conference, hosted by IAS, to feature Deborah Birx, Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Jane Goodall, Salim Abdool Karim among others
Important advances in COVID-19 research, including promising data on new treatments, were announced today ahead of the virtual COVID-19 Conference, the world’s first abstract-driven scientific meeting dedicated to the global pandemic.
Hosted by IAS - International AIDS Society, the COVID-19 Conference will take place on 10 July (extending into July 11 in some time zones), following the 23rd International AIDS Conference, also known as AIDS 2020: Virtual.

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Researchers at Western University develop a way to pull HIV out of the latent reservoir
July 9, 2020 - Researchers at Western University have developed a way to pull HIV out of the latent reservoir making the virus visible to the immune system and providing the potential to be killed by treatment.
Part of what has made HIV infection so difficult to cure, is that once the virus enters the body, some of it hides dormant inside of the cells, making it essentially invisible to both the immune system and antiretroviral drugs. This hiding virus is known as the ‘latent reservoir’ and it is what prevents a cure for people living with HIV.

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COVID-19 Mortality Rates and Outcomes for HIV Patients Better Than HIV-Negative Group
JUL 08, 2020 - In a small hospital study, HIV patients who were hospitalized for coronavirus (COVID-19) fared better compared to a HIV-negative population.
Read more... Contagion | Covering All Areas of Infectious Disease | www.contagionlive.com


AIDS 2020 Virtual DAILY - Ask Me Anything (Episode One Special)
Jul 8, 2020 - Featured in episode one of AIDS 2020: Virtual is this special segment involving community members from all around the world for a myth busting segment entitled ‘’Ask Me Anything’’:
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AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode Three ft. Jonathan van Ness and Romesa Roy William
Premiered Jul 8, 2020 - Host Karl Schmid speaks to activist, television personality and podcast star Jonathan Van Ness about their personal journey with HIV, how to deal with stigma, U=U, and the most pressing issues people living with HIV face today.
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AIDS 2020: Brazilian man in long-term HIV remission – without a stem-cell transplant
July 7, 2020 - A man in São Paulo who has no evidence of remaining HIV after more than 15 months off antiretrovirals – at least according to tests done so far – may represent the first case of a functional cure without the risks of a stem cell transplant, according to a report presented today at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual).
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Opening Series: The Duke of Sussex encourages thousands worldwide to share stories of resilience
Premiered July 7, 2020 - As the final feature of the 23rd International AIDS Conference Opening Ceremony Series, the Duke of Sussex and two Sentebale Youth Advocates Sekgabo and Rethabile – HIV leaders of tomorrow - to share what Resilience means to them.
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Opening Series: On the Red Sofa - Sir Elton John and David Furnish
Jul 7, 2020 - Opening series: Sir Elton John and David Furnish on stigma, marginalized communities and COVID-19. The fourth and final session of ‘On the Red Sofa’, with the Founder and Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation in an interview with International Broadcaster James Chau
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AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode Two ft. Billy Porter & Dr Alan McCowan
Premiered Jul 7, 2020 - The official AIDS 2020: Virtual studio show in partnership with +Life.
+ Billy Porter – A conversation with activist and performer Billy Porter. Together with host Karl Schmid, they will discuss how systematic discrimination impacts HIV, how unequal access to healthcare allows HIV to go untreated and how stigma fosters the spread of HIV, among other topics.
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Important HIV prevention, treatment and cure research unveiled at AIDS 2020: Virtual
7 July 2020- New data provides insights with potential real-world implications for people living with HIV – including a promising long-acting injectable HIV prevention drug
Leading HIV researchers announced important new developments in HIV research at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual) today. This includes what may be the first report of an adult with HIV to achieve long-term HIV remission without the need for a bone marrow transplant and new data showing that long-acting injectable cabotegravir is superior to daily oral Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
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Opening Series: On the Red Sofa - A warm welcome from Speaker Pelosi and Congresswoman Lee
Premiered Jul 6, 2020 - The first in our four-part AIDS 2020: Virtual Opening Series entitled ‘On the Red Sofa’ features a conversation between Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and US Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
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AIDS 2020: Virtual opens with focus on impact of COVID-19 on global HIV response
6 July 2020- New UNAIDS global HIV estimates, evidence of HIV service disruption and impact on LGBTI+ people due to COVID-19 presented at 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual)
The first-ever virtual edition of the world’s largest conference on HIV began today with a focus on the links between HIV and the COVID-19 pandemic and recognition of global debates around racism. Delegates from 175 countries are attending the conference, originally set to take place in Oakland and San Francisco, US.
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AIDS 2020: Virtual DAILY - Episode One ft. Dr Anthony Fauci & Community Members
Premiered Jul 6, 2020 - The official AIDS 2020: Virtual studio show in partnership with +Life.
Today’s episode features Dr Anthony Fauci (NIAID) and community members from all around the world for a special myth busting segment entitled ‘’Ask Me Anything’’
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Dr. Tam | International AIDS 2020: Virtual (FR)
Premiered Jul 6, 2020
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Dr Tam | International AIDS 2020: Virtual (EN)
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PROMO AIDS 2020: Virtual Global Village Showcase
Premiered Jul 6, 2020 - The Global Village Showcase features highlights from AIDS 2020: Virtual’s selection of international cultural performances, as well as exclusive interviews with performers and commentary by special guest host, Jennifer Hopelezz of the House of Hopelezz.
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UNAIDS celebrates the life of pioneer AIDS activist Larry Kramer
GENEVA, 28 May 2020- Founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, ACT UP and award-winning playwright sadly dies aged 84
The AIDS movement has lost one of its earliest and leading activists, Larry Kramer, who passed away on 27 May 2020 in New York City. Mr Kramer was one of the first to raise the alarm in the United States of America about the spread of the AIDS epidemic and throughout his life he actively rallied support to accelerate research into treatment and support for people living with HIV.
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UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the death of pioneering HIV scientist and researcher Gita Ramjee
GENEVA, 2 April 2020- UNAIDS is shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Gita Ramjee, who died of COVID-19 related complications on 31 March 2020. Her death is an immense loss to the HIV prevention research community. UNAIDS offers its full support to all efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and prevent more loss of life.
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UNAIDS calls for a human rights approach to the COVID-19 outbreak that puts communities at the centre
GENEVA, 20 March 2020- UNAIDS is calling on countries to adopt a human rights-based approach in responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 that puts communities at the centre and respects the rights and dignity of all. To help guide governments, communities and other stakeholders in planning and implementing measures to contain the pandemic, UNAIDS has produced a new guidance document that draws on key lessons from the response to the HIV epidemic: Rights in the time of COVID-19: lessons from HIV for an effective, community-led response.
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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), HIV and hepatitis C: What you need to know
17 March 2020- The World Health Organization has declared that there is a pandemic caused by the spread of a new coronavirus. This virus is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and causes a disease called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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UNAIDS welcomes government’s decision to make PrEP routinely available across England
GENEVA, 17 March 2020- UNAIDS warmly welcomes the decision made to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available to everyone who needs it in England. Activists and advocates have been campaigning for a number of years to make the life-saving preventative HIV medicine available to people at higher risk of HIV and on 15 March the government announced that PrEP will be made available across the country as part of the government’s efforts to end HIV transmission by 2030.
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Forty years into the HIV epidemic, AIDS remains the leading cause of death of women of reproductive age—UNAIDS calls for bold action
GENEVA/JOHANNESBURG, 5 March 2020  - Gender discrimination and violence, gaps in education and lack of economic empowerment and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights are blocking progress
Ahead of International Women’s Day, UNAIDS has launched a new report showing that the stark inequalities and inequities between men and women are continuing to make women and girls more vulnerable to HIV. We’ve got the power urges governments to do more to empower women and girls and fulfil their human rights.
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Might cost issues affect the success of HIV care programs in the future?
3 March 2020- Over the past 15 years several important advances have been made in the care and treatment of HIV infection. Clinical trials have found that initiating HIV treatment (ART) early results in better measures of health. Treatment guidelines now recommend that ART be offered to all people who test positive for HIV regardless of their CD4+ cell count. The effects of ART are so tremendous that scientists increasingly expect that many HIV-positive people will live into their senior years.
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AIDS 2020 plenary line-up announced
24 February 2020 (Geneva, Switzerland) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) has announced the plenary presentations headlining the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), which will take place in San Francisco and Oakland, United States, on 6-10 July 2020. AIDS 2020 is the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS and is expected to bring together 20,000 participants from more than 170 countries.
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Knowledge is power | Tackling HIV; the CD4 story
Jan 14, 2020 - HIV is a virus that invades the body and attacks its natural defences. But there are treatments available that control the virus so that people living with HIV can lead long and fulfilling lives. We’ve developed a short animation which tells the story of how HIV affects the body and how treatments fight back.
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