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GLOBAL: Optimistic UNAIDS sets ambitious goals
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Wearing an orange "HIV Positive" t-shirt, the new executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, this week outlined his vision for the UN agency at the Ubuntu Clinic in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82853
GLOBAL: A glimmer of hope for microbicide research
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), After years of disappointments, AIDS researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82836
GLOBAL: Global Fund facing shortfall
6 February 2009 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which supplies one-quarter of all AIDS funding, is facing a funding gap of US$5 billion.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82791
GLOBAL: A new and improved PEPFAR under Obama?
21 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Hopes are high that the change promised by incoming US President Barack Obama will extend to his foreign policy, but for more than two million people living with HIV, mainly in Africa, the changing of the guard at the White House may elicit mixed feelings.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82494
GLOBAL: Overworked and under-protected
4 December 2008 (PlusNews ), While healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa struggle to deal with unmanageable workloads resulting from HIV/AIDS, a new study has found that their needs are being neglected.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81818
GLOBAL: Tailor prevention programmes, says UNAIDS
2 December 2008 (PlusNews ), As the global financial crisis raises the spectre of cutbacks in AIDS funding, countries need to start being more strategic about how they spend their AIDS budgets.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81777
GLOBAL: Planes, trains and travel bans
28 November 2008 (PlusNews ), In 2002, illicit arms dealer Aleksic Jovan flew more than 200 tons of weapons in war-torn Liberia, contributing to a conflict estimated to have killed about 250,000 people. Years ago, Linda Kisuna’s husband contracted a sexually transmitted disease. What do they have in common? Both Jovan and Kisuna's husband have been denied entry to countries across the world.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81726
GLOBAL: Universal HIV testing could eliminate HIV within a decade - WHO
27 November 2008 (PlusNews ), Universal HIV testing and immediate antiretroviral (ARV) drugs could reduce new infections in high-prevalence countries by as much as 95 percent within ten years, according to a new study by scientists from the UN World Health Organisation (WHO).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81701
GLOBAL: We can save more babies, say researchers
20 November 2008 (PlusNews ), A ground-breaking South African study has provided the first hard evidence that treating HIV-positive babies with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines from as early as six weeks dramatically improves their chances of survival.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81578
BURUNDI: Food "an enormous problem" for people living with HIV
11 November 2008 (PlusNews ), When Diane Ndayizeye* was diagnosed with HIV three years ago, she was relieved to discover she could get her life-prolonging antiretroviral medication free of charge at a local hospital. What she did not realise was that the drugs would increase her appetite, a real problem when you rely on food aid.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81399
GLOBAL: Falling foul of the Fund
4 November 2008 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was formed in 2001 for the purpose of setting up an innovative approach to providing finance to combat the three diseases that kill more than six million people worldwide every year.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81295
BURUNDI: HIV programmes suffer as government, NGOs feel the pinch
24 October 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV programmes in Burundi have been struggling to support people affected by the pandemic since the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria rejected the country's request for funds a year ago.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81105
BURUNDI: Yves Niyonkuru: "I knew about HIV, but sex was better without a condom"
22 October 2008 (PlusNews ), Yves Niyonkuru is a lanky 30-year-old Burundian who speaks easily about his life as a gay man in a society that has little tolerance for homosexuality. He told IRIN/PlusNews about his experiences since coming out of the closet.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81056
BURUNDI: A belated start to HIV prevention for gays
21 October 2008 (PlusNews ), When Georges Kanuma, the head of a gay rights movement in Burundi, first attended an HIV conference in 2004, he was surprised to discover that water-based lubricants, and not petroleum jelly - which breaks down the latex that condoms are made from - should be used during anal sex to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81035
GLOBAL: Leadership determines AIDS performance
25 September 2008 (PlusNews ), As South Africa prepared to swear in a new president on 25 September after the dramatic ousting of Thabo Mbeki four days before, attempts by commentators to summarise the former president's mixed legacy have not failed to mention his controversial stance on AIDS.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=80597
GLOBAL: US lifts travel ban on HIV-positive people
21 July 2008 (PlusNews ), A move by the United States Senate to repeal legislation prohibiting HIV-positive visitors and immigrants has been hailed as an important step in the fight against stigma and discrimination.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=79361
GLOBAL: AIDS spending breaks records, but needs more focus
8 July 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS funding to low- and middle-income countries reached a record level in 2007, according to a new report by UNAIDS.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=79150
AFRICA: Mind your language - a short guide to HIV/AIDS slang
18 June 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV has hit our lives, our families, our economies; it also shapes the way we talk. IRIN/PlusNews looks at how the virus and its impact translates into everyday speech from the streets of Lagos to the townships of Johannesburg, and finds that despite the billions of dollars spent on positive communication strategies, the word on the street remains decidedly negative.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=78809
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Understanding infidelity
5 June 2008 (PlusNews ), "Multiple, concurrent partnerships" has become the latest catchphrase in the HIV/AIDS lexicon. It refers to the practice of having more than one sexual partner at the same time, which experts say is a key driver of Southern Africa's devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=78602
BURUNDI: Campaign gives drivers a licence to have safe sex
16 May 2008 (PlusNews ), A new HIV prevention campaign targeting drivers of commercial vehicles and their passengers is causing a stir in Burundi, with some locals praising it as a much-needed tool in the fight against HIV, while others are branding it crude and out of step with the country's culture.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=78264

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