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World AIDS Day: Big Strides Towards an
AIDS-Free Generation

Lexina, right, speaks with a health worker at Kasungu District hospital in Malawi. The 24-year-old is pregnant and HIV-positive. To prevent mother-to-child transmission, Lexina has been taking the ‘Option B+’ antiretroviral medication once a day, as pioneered by the government of Malawi. © UNICEF/PFPG2013P-0131/Marinovich

— A new UNICEF report shows significant progress in the fight against AIDS in children. New HIV infections among children under 15 declined by 35% from 2009 to 2012—more than the entire preceding decade. The Children and AIDS: Sixth Stocktaking Report 2013 was released on Friday, just in time for World AIDS Day. It highlights recent […]

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Battling Epidemics of AIDS and Violence

U.S. Fund for UNICEF Board Member Gary Cohen talking about Together for Girls at the AIDS 2012 Conference in Washington, D.C.

— In honor of World AIDS Day and the annual “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence,” UNAIDS and Together for Girls joined forces to hold an event called “Ending the Dual Epidemics of HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence.” GBV and HIV/AIDS are each serious threats to children, but combined, GBV and HIV/AIDS disproportionately and brutally hurt women and girls. UNICEF is a major player around the world helping communities prevent GBV, and helping women and girls receive the assistance they need to survive violence and AIDS.

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World AIDS Day: A Story of Hope

Tselane and her daughter. ©UNICEF/2012/Leonie Marinovich, 2012

— This Saturday is World AIDS Day, and UNICEF and its partners have set an ambitious goal: eliminate new infections among children by 2015. This may seem like a tall order, but it can be done. Women and children will be key partners in this effort. Nearly half of all pregnant women living with HIV in the developing world still do not get the medicines they need to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus. This has to change—and fast.

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World AIDS Day: Peter at 18 months

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— This mother and son live in Zambia’s rural Samfya District. Even before he was born, baby Peter was at risk of acquiring HIV. Mirriam had just one hope for protecting him. This is their story.

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World AIDS Day: Peter’s first year

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— Mirriam Chongo and her baby Peter live in Zambia, where investment in HIV testing, care and prevention has made great progress. Having learned that she is HIV positive and pregnant, Mirriam is following the necessary steps to protect her son from the virus. Here’s a look at the challenges they face over Peter’s first year staying HIV-free.

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World AIDS Day: Baby Peter is tested

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— Yesterday we introduced you to Mirriam Chongo and her baby Peter. Mirriam lives in Zambia, where investment in HIV testing, care and prevention has made great progress. Having learned that she is HIV positive and pregnant, Mirriam is following the necessary steps to protect her son from the virus. Here’s what happens when Peter turns 6 weeks old.

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