The U.S. military announced earlier in the week that an HIV vaccine had cut the infection rate by 30 percent in a trial with 16,000 people in Thailand.
The Rev. Dr. Robin Hill, convener of the Church of Scotland’s HIV/AIDS Project, said the breakthrough appeared to be “very significant” but warned that there was still a long way to go before a complete cure would be found.
“Although still a long way off, the theoretical possibility of an effective vaccine is one which will excite great interest across the globe,” he said. "No miracle outcome is promised and, as yet, the threat posed by the virus remains very real, at home and abroad. more >>
World Vision International, the world's largest Christian humanitarian organization, announced a new head this week.
Kevin Jenkins, managing director of a Canadian investment firm and vice chair of the board of World Vision Canada, has been appointed as the organization's new president and chief executive officer.
The WVI board combed through 300 candidates from 40 countries before selecting Jenkins during its semi-annual meeting in Kenya last week. more >>
Pope Benedict XVI is set to arrive in Africa Tuesday for his first visit to the continent since becoming the head of the Roman Catholic Church four years ago.
Aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon, the pope told reporters that the distribution of condoms is not the answer in the fight against AIDS in Africa, according to The Associated Press.
"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms," he said. "On the contrary, it increases the problem." more >>
A new report reveals “very depressing” news that every mode of transmission of HIV in Washington, D.C., has increased, and overall the HIV and AIDS rates in the nation’s capital are higher than some countries in Africa.
"Our rates are higher than West Africa," said Shannon Hader, the director of D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration, to The Washington Post.
"They're on par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya," said Hader, who previously spearheaded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's work in Zimbabwe. more >>
A recent report on HIV/AIDS found that the global response to the epidemic is based on significant misconceptions that have resulted in policies that fail to meet the needs of millions of children and their families.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that only orphans need support and services, the report by the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA) spotlighted in its first chapter.
The “powerful myth” has led to the belief that the majority of children who lost a parent to AIDS lack family and social networks and need to be cared for in orphanages. more >>
The first African clergy to publicly reveal that he is HIV-positive was awarded the 2009 Niwano Peace Prize, which is comparable to the Nobel Peace Prize for the religious community, the award committee announced Friday.
Ugandan Anglican priest the Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha was named this year’s Niwano Peace Prize winner because of his efforts to break down the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and his advocacy for religious people to become more involved in the AIDS fight.
“Canon Gideon has turned personal suffering into a religious message of hope and courage and has matched it with constructive action that has provided inspiration and help to so many who have fallen victim to the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” said one member of the prize committee, according to Ecumenical News International. more >>