WWR: An AIDS-Free Generation, New HIV Testing Options, and Media Training

This week, we’re reading about how to create an AIDS-free generation, a new and faster test for HIV, how one woman is handling AIDS stigma, and what members of the media in Kenya need to know about HIV/AIDS.

blog.AIDS.gov – "Commentary Discusses “On-the-Ground” Details Necessary to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation" As part of a wider effort to create an AIDS-free generation, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wrote this commentary on how to engage leaders and communities on HIV treatment and prevention.

Voice of America – "Color-Coded HIV Test Detects Infection Quickly and Cheaply"  A new, cheaper HIV test that uses microscopic gold flecks to detect tiny amounts of a protein known as a marker for the virus could be extremely useful in resource-poor areas where faster HIV screening technologies are badly needed.

ONE – "Dealing with AIDS, but first its stigma" Over at ONE.org, filmmaker Danielle Bernstein tells the story of Florence Lubandi, a Ugandan mother living with HIV and confronting the issue of stigma and shame in order to provide for her family and educate others about HIV/AIDS.

IRIN – "KENYA: Media still need training on HIV" Members of the media have the unique opportunity to share the stories of people living with HIV, but many rely on stereotypes or focus on salacious details rather than reporting on the facts of HIV/AIDS. In Nairobi, Kenya, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) recently held a media training to address these issues and explain more about how to share information about HIV.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.