UNAIDS welcomes Australia’s commitment to equal treatment of people living with HIV in its immigration policies

HIV treated as other chronic conditions in immigration health assessment.

UNAIDS welcomes confirmation from the Government of Australia that people living with HIV do not face an automatic exclusion, or unequal treatment when applying for entry, stay or residence visas. People living with HIV are treated similarly to other people with chronic health conditions and disabilities during the country’s immigration health assessment process. Applications for visas from people living with HIV will be assessed against criteria applying to anyone with a chronic health condition. Read More

Asia and the Pacific committed to setting ambitious HIV prevention and treatment targetsSignificant progress has been made in the Asia and the Pacific region towards reaching the targets of the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, and the region can aspire to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This was one of the main conclusions of the two-day consultation held on 12 and 13 June in Bangkok, Thailand, to discuss the challenges and opportunities for accelerating the scale-up of HIV prevention and treatment programmes in the region post-2015. Read More

Papua New Guinea: the centrality of a multisectoral approach to the AIDS responsePapua New Guinea has the highest prevalence of HIV in Oceania (0.5% in 2012) and is experiencing an epidemic concentrated in key population groups and in certain geographical locations. During an official visit to the country, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Jan Beagle met with a variety of stakeholders—including representatives of the government, parliamentarians, development partners, civil society, the private sector and faith-based organizations—which were opportunities to highlight that one of the strengths of the AIDS movement globally has been its ability to build coalitions of stakeholders across disciplines and sectors. “AIDS is much more than a health issue, it is a development, human rights and gender issue. To get to zero in Papua New Guinea we need the power of a coalition of all sectors to ensure that no one is left behind,” said Ms Beagle during a meeting with members of the parliamentary working groups on HIV and population and sustainable development. Read More

Papua New Guinea: communities at the centre of the AIDS response

The communities most affected by HIV have always been at the forefront of the response to the epidemic, mobilizing and inspiring others to act. In her official visit to Papua New Guinea, taking place during the last week of May, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Jan Beagle witnessed how community leadership is making a difference for people living with HIV in the country. Read More

Asian football community unites to Protect the Goal

Five countries across Asia have embraced the Protect the Goal campaign. An innovative partnership between UNAIDS, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is promoting a multicountry football-based HIV prevention programme in the region. Read More

Cricket heroes Think Wise about HIV

Cricket heroes Think Wise about HIV

Cricket players from around the world are once again showing their support to young people living with HIV as part of the global Think Wise partnership on HIV. Read More

Run for a Reason

“With ‘Get to Zero HIV’ as a sub-theme of the event, the Standard Chartered marathon provides an exceptional opportunity for people to come together behind the moment to decrease #HIV towards the eventual elimination of HIV—Zero HIV. This is the perfect time for this collaboration – the marathon takes place on the eve of the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok 18-22 November) under the same ‘Get to Zero’ theme: Asia/ Pacific Reaching Triple Zero: Investing in Innovation. All eyes will be on #Bangkok. Focusing on the ‘Get to Zero HIV’ theme makes the marathon an exceptional platform to kick off the HIV-related activities, leading into the Congress,” said Mr. Steven J. Kraus, Director of UNAIDS #Asia and the #Pacific Regional Office.  The 26th Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon is set for November 17, 2013 on Sanamchai Road, opposite the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, starting from 2 a.m. with many interesting activities lining up. For registration details, go to www.bkkmarathon.com  PHOTO L-R: Dr Wilas Lohitkul, Chair of the ICAAP11 Local Organizing Committee; Mr Steve Kraus, Director, UNAIDS Asia Pacific; Ms Lyn Kok, President and CEO of Standard Chartered Thailand; Mr. Songkram Kraison, National Jogging Association of Thailand, Dr. Patanachart Kridiborworn, Ministry of Tourism and Sports. ©Standard Chartered (Thai)UNAIDS Asia Pacific and ICAAP11 announced as this year’s Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon’s ‘Run for a Reason’ partners.

“With ‘Get to Zero HIV’ as a sub-theme of the event, the Standard Chartered marathon provides an exceptional opportunity for people to come together behind the moment to decrease HIV towards the eventual elimination of HIV—Zero HIV. Read More