Nominations now open for the Red Ribbon Award to honor and promote community leadership and action on AIDS

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Nominations now open for the Red Ribbon Award to honor and promote community leadership and action on AIDS

Red Ribbon Award—honouring the best in community support to people living with and affected by HIV

1 December 2015—On this year’s World AIDS Day, UNAIDS and civil society partners, in collaboration with the organizers of the 21st International AIDS Conference, jointly announce a global call for nominations for the 2016 Red Ribbon Award. The award, which will be presented at the 21st International AIDS Conference, to be held in July 2016 in Durban, South Africa, honours community-based organizations for their contributions to the response to AIDS.

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WHO EMRO statement on WORLD AIDS DAY 2015

HIV treatment with antiretroviral medicines is life-saving, and early start of treatment and achieving viral suppression has tremendous benefits. It improves the quality of life and longevity of people living with HIV and provides the public health benefit of reducing the transmission of the virus. Compelled by a wealth of evidence, recently issued an update of its HIV treatment guidelines to recommend treatment for all people living with HIV, independent of the level of immunodeficiency.

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Drug User is an Ill Person, Not a Criminal

Every person is subject to life's hardships, subject to life's numerous experiments. Some of us overcome these obstacles, but sadly others are overwhelmed by them for many different reasons.

The drug user is a person that was taken away from his friends and family, a person who lost himself, due to life's calamities only to become a slave to drugs. All this poison ever did was wreck homes, break families up and kill our children. And today it continues to threaten our youth.

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Improving community health through innovative partnerships

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During a visit to Djibouti, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé has met a group of volunteers involved in an innovative public-private partnership between the Ministry of Health, the BE Health Association and the Kempinski Hotel Group.

Since September 2014, BE Health has trained 24 employees of the Djibouti Palace Kempinski Hotel to become peer health educators. Since June 2015, these volunteers have reached out to more than 300 people a month in six community health centres across Djibouti-Ville. They have also identified 15 tuberculosis patients who had interrupted their treatment and guided them back on to medication.

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Methadone and ART Will Help to Reduce HIV Transmission Among PWID

In Bahawalpur, Pakistan, people who inject drugs (PWID) can significantly reduce their risk of HIV infection with the use of opiate substitution treatments (OST) such as methadone or buprenorphine and risk of transmission with antiretroviral therapy (ART). PWID face many issues including poor access to drug treatment to quit drugs. Many PWID living with HIV are unable to access ART. We need these treatments to reduce HIV transmission among PWID and to keep them alive.

In 2012- 2013, we visited five drug hotspots and recruited 50 PWID participants. We examined their drug use, sexual risk behaviour, attitudes and HIV testing experience. Over half (54%) wanted to quit drugs but had no access to treatment. Treatment reduces the level of HIV infection among PWID.

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