Church leaders discuss HIV prevention measures

The leaders learnt of the alarming increase in the transmission rate in the last couple of years post-Covid-19.

Cardinal Ribat said when we emphasize more on the use of condoms people become ignorant of the risks if protection fails.

The Cardinal’s personal opinion was that the use of condoms as protection must not be encouraged too much, because it may prevent people from developing a strong discipline in their sexual activities with multiple partners.

Cardinal Ribat hails journos

Speaking during the UN AIDS and UN Women media awards night, his eminence stressed on recognising the efforts of journalists and linking to the work of churches in relation to HIV and AIDS in society.

“Seeing what the journalists are doing, you encourage us to be with you and help you to bring the message out clearly to the people of PNG, knowing that we are united to address these recurring issues in the country.”

AIDS-related deaths decline- UN report

“We met the 2015 target of 15 million people on treatment and we are on track to double that number to 30 million and meet the 2020 target,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in a press statement.
“We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honour our commitment of leaving no one behind,” he added.

Apple launches red iPhone 7 and video app

The red iPhone celebrates Apple's 10-year partnership with Red, an organisationthat aims to combat Aids.

A video app for iOS, called Clips, has also been revealed and will be released with iOS 10.3, which is expected to launch soon.

One tech analyst suggested Apple was increasingly trying to associate its products with ethical ideals.

All of the money raised by Red - a venture originally founded by U2 musician Bono and activist Bobby Shriver - goes to Global Fund HIV/Aids grants.

End AIDS epidemic by 2030!

Supporting the World AIDS Day today (Dec 1), he states: “Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

“There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment. Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother-to-child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS-related causes each year. “And people living with HIV are living longer lives.”

One in 10 children has 'Aids defence'

The study, in Science Translational Medicine, found the children's immune systems were "keeping calm", which prevented them being wiped out.

An untreated HIV infection will kill 60% of children within two and a half years, but the equivalent infection in monkeys is not fatal.

The findings could lead to new immune-based therapies for HIV infection.

Prince Harry follows Diana's footsteps to fight AIDS

Nearly 30 years later, Prince Harry is highlighting the need to continue fighting the stigma persisting around today's AIDS epidemic, particularly among teenagers.

Prince Harry joined Sir Elton John on stage Thursday at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, and praised the work of leaders including Nelson Mandela and his own mother, for the fight against the disease.

Rearing children in cyber age a challenge: Polye

Mr Polye made the remark when delivering a speech to mark the World AIDs Day at the Sir John Guise Indoor complex in Port Moresby.

He said he is the father of seven kids of whom three are teenagers.

“With them growing up in a modern society where almost everyone is having access to the internet is a challenge for me.

“They can fall into the temptation of being lured by those living with the virus,” he said.

Keys to HIV/AIDS: skills development, jobs, good governance

“Poverty and lack of quality education lead to sexual risk. Skills development, employment creation and good governance can help fight HIV/AIDS,” said Mr Polye when delivering a closing speech to mark the World AIDS Day at the Sir John Guise Indoor complex in the capital city.

He said as a leader of a remote district in the country, the World AIDS Day provided a forum to debate about the epidemic to extract better policies and laws to combat HIV/AIDs.

“We all have to be committed in addressing the issue and show love and care to those living with the virus.

Unicef: Aids leading cause of death for African teenagers

Despite gains made among adults and babies with HIV, the number of 10-to-19-year-olds dying from AIDS-related diseases has tripled since 2000, UNICEF said, launching the global data at a press conference in South Africa.