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Time is running out, says UN, as HIV/AIDS targets missed

Time is running out, says UN, as HIV/AIDS targets missed

RACHEL SAVAGE THE world has missed ambitious goals to stem the spread of HIV and widen access to treatment, jeopardising a target to end the AIDS pandemic by 2030 unless global efforts are stepped up, the United Nations has warned. Last year, 84% of HIV-positive people knew they had the virus, with 87% of them taking antiretroviral drugs. Of those on medication, 90% had levels of the virus suppressed to a level so low it cannot be passed on, UNAIDS said in a report. Targets of 90% by 2020 were set for each of the three goals five years ago,…
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Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for people living with HIV?

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for people living with HIV?

RACHEL SAVAGE AS the first COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out around the world, HIV/AIDS experts and advocates have sought to reassure those living with HIV that they can safely get the coronavirus vaccination. Some countries have recommended that HIV-positive people should be given priority for vaccination against COVID-19 once the most at-risk groups - the elderly and frontline healthcare workers - have received their shots. Germany has said HIV-positive people will be included in a third tier of priority patients - along with the over-60s, people with conditions such as heart, kidney and liver disease, and those working in key…
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