Six weeks after the United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS, the 189 member countries of the UN General Assembly have issued a Declaration of Commitment (13 pages, HTML) which acknowledges that "the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, through its devastating scale and impact, constitutes a global emergency and one of the most formidable challenges to human life and dignity, as well as to the effective enjoyment of human rights...." The document goes on to state a series of goals and recommendations in a range of areas, including leadership, prevention, research and development, human rights, and care, support and treatment. For news about recent developments in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and/or to track contributions to the Global AIDS and Health Fund, visit the Web site of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAID).
In related news, the July/August edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard Health News Index found that 22 percent of Americans closely followed stories about the United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS. Looking for additional resources? The HIV/AIDS area of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Web site provides a wealth of information resources, including AIDS at 20, the foundation's national survey of American attitudes toward HIV/AIDS; the foundation's Capitol Hill Briefing Series on HIV/AIDS; and State Health Facts Online, a new feature that offers comprehensive state-by-state statistical snapshots of the HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as other health issues.