On World Aids Day we present a selection of news bites from around the world on the state of the epidemic.
Fewer than half of South Africa’s 15-year olds will live long enough to collect a pension, according to an actuarial report on the Aids pandemic released on Thursday. South Africa’s 15-year-olds have a 56% chance of dying before turning 60. Irin
German sex educators plan to launch a spray-on condom tailor-made for all sizes. Krause’s team is developing a type of spray can into which the man inserts his penis first. At the push of a button it is then coated in a rubber condom. Reuters
Former United States President Bill Clinton announced an agreement on Thursday to cut prices of HIV/Aids treatments for children, making the life-saving drugs far more accessible worldwide.Two Indian pharmaceutical companies have agreed to supply antiretroviral (ARV) formulations for HIV-positive children at prices as low as 16 US cents a day, or $60 annually. Irin
More than a million jobs are being lost every year from the spread of HIV/Aids, research has revealed, the bulk of them in sub-Saharan Africa. The virus has had a crippling effect on the workforce of many countries, the International Labour Organization said in a report done for World Aids Day. BBC News
Calls for a repeal of India’s ban on homosexuality have increased after a UNAIDS representative claimed the prohibition is contributing to an increase of HIV. Presently there is a 10 year prison term for homosexual activity, while in the meantime India has the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS currently at 5.7 million, according to the state’s National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO).