HIV/Aids

How close are we to HIV cure and vaccine?

Among the avenues that will put healthcare ahead of HIV/Aids is the development of vaccines, cures and multiple prevention mechanisms. Scientists and activists who spoke to The New Times on the sidelines of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA...

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 12:14am

ICASA ends with call for more investment in healthcare services

The Minister of Health, Diane Gashumba, has said that although the world has done much in the prevention and treatment of HIV more needs to be done She was presiding over a ceremony of the weeklong International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) in Kigali...

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:17pm

ARV access for Children ‘key to eliminating HIV’

The United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 will remain a mirage if children and young people are not given access to Anti-retro viral treatment, medics have said. According to UNICEF, of the 1.7 million children aged 0-14 living with HIV...

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 1:14am

How achievable are the 2020 global goals on HIV?

We are just a few days away to the year 2020, where the world will have to have achieved the 90-90-90 target that stipulates; 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy...

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:52am

Women and community ownership have made a difference, says health minister

Rwanda is one of the few countries, globally, that are on track to achieve the 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets. Visiting Indian media personality Shobha Shukla spoke with Health minister Dr Diane Gashumba on the margins of ICASA 2019 – the 20th International Conference on AIDS and sexually...

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:50am

People with disability seek better access to HIV services

In 2007, Rwanda passed a law related to protection of persons with disabilities (PWDs), which grants PWDs the right to protection and other rights like every other citizen. Despite this, they are still exposed to challenges that make them vulnerable. On the sideline of the 20th International...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 12:22am

Adolescents living with HIV are more vulnerable to mental illness – study

Preliminary results from a study on mental health of adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) mothers and their children have shown that they are more likely to face mental health issues than teenage mothers who are not infected. This was highlighted on Thursday, by Camille Wittesaele, a...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 8:05pm

ICASA 2019: Inside the Community Village

Since December 1, over 10,000 people have been gathering in Kigali for the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted infections (ICASA). Part of the conference is a platform called the ‘Community Village’ where people living with HIV as well as key populations—...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 3:14pm

First Lady implores young women to take the lead in fight against HIV

First Lady, Jeannette Kagame has encouraged young women to take the lead in the fight against HIV/AIDS among their peers. She was speaking at session entitled “Ending HIV epidemic among adolescent girls and young women in Africa: what will it take?”, at the ongoing international...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 2:18pm

The evolution of HIV treatment

In the early days of HIV/AIDS existence, there were no drugs to either prolong the life of the infected person or lessen their suffering. In simple terms, during that period, contracting HIV was akin to death sentence. Much later, Anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) were introduced but people living...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:14am

How community-based innovations are leading the HIV/AIDS fight

The global health community needs to scale-up innovative interventions and collaborations with product development partnerships to bring life-saving solutions in the battle to end HIV/AIDS. That is a case that many health activists have been making. Yet few parts of the world, especially in...

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 12:20am

FEATURED: UN Women pushes for gender-sensitive investment in efforts to fight HIV/AIDS

The Country Representative of UN Women in Rwanda, Fatou Lo, has called for more inclusion in tackling multifaceted obstructions that hamper HIV positive women from their various human rights. She gave the remark as she opened a sideline session at of the 20th International Conference on AIDs and...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 7:02pm

Mrs Kagame: Gender inequality still affecting the fight against HIV in Africa

First Lady Jeannette Kagame has emphasised the fact that despite the significant improvement in fighting against HIV/AIDS in the last 20 years, deeper analysis is still needed “to make more meaningful interventions.” She was addressing the Organisation of African First Ladies for...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 9:56am

Open dialogue saves lives – Kagame

President Paul Kagame on Monday emphasised the importance of open dialogue as a means to address and prevent HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. “Open dialogue saves lives. When it comes to sexually-transmitted infections, stigma and silence are real killers, just as much as the...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 8:42am

HIV self-test services key to end the epidemic

Increasing the ability for people to test themselves for HIV could bolster efforts to universal access to treatment, according to Heather Watts Director of HIV Prevention, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. Under its fast-track target known as 90-90-90, by 2020 UNAIDS aims to have 90 percent...

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 7:16pm

What is holding back the fight against HIV/AIDS?

Despite efforts and investment by governments and non-government stakeholders in the fight against HIV/Aids, the continent is yet to free itself from the disease. Statistics show that though there is progress often, there remains key vulnerabilities that often see the contraction rates remain...

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 3:03pm

African youth decry lack of inclusion in HIV/Aids education

The youth are calling on for increased access to information on HIV/Aids as well as reproductive health to reduce the chances of contracting the ailment. They were speaking ahead of the 2019 International Conference on AIDS and STIs which is set to open in Kigali today convening over 8000 people...

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 12:56am

HIV and contraception

December 1 is “WORLD AIDS DAY”, a day to spread awareness about AIDS. The theme for 2019 is ‘Know Your Status’. This implies broadly, whether one is positive or not, if positive, what is the stage and the effort an individual makes in preventing further transmission of the...

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 12:05am

World AIDS Day: HIV+ men tipped on medication

Despite the recent progress made towards achieving HIV epidemic control, medics have pointed out some sticking issues that need to be addressed in order to maintain the gains, as well as advancing the fight against the virus. Results from the Rwanda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment, a...

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 10:03am

40 years of Aids

Hard to believe Aids has been with us for 40 years but it has! No cure yet but tremendous progress with the Antiretroviral Therapy and other forms of treatment that have enabled carriers to live relatively healthy lives for several years.  Which is why it’s surprising that some...

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 12:03am

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