Stigma, lack of drugs key causes of HIV-related deaths in kids below 15 – report

Pharmacists Michael Otieno and Ruth Munyao arrange anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs on a shelf in the pharmacy at Mater Hospital in Nairobi, September 10, 2015. /REUTERS

Delayed HIV treatment is a leading cause for deaths in children under 15, a UN report shows.

Last year, 110,000 children in this age bracket died from AIDS-related causes, out of this 32,000 were between five and 14 years, the United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) report said. Read More

Mutated HIV strain in Canada is turning into AIDS much faster than usual, report warns

A mutated strain of HIV spotted in Canada is driving sufferers to develop AIDS quicker than usual, a study reveals. The strain is circulating in Saskatchewan, where 80 percent of people diagnosed with the illness are Indigenous.

Doctors started reporting alarmingly rapid declines among patients in 2016, when the rate of HIV infections rocketed to 10 times the rate of other regions. Read More