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BURUNDI: HIV policy ignores the disabled
7 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Fabien Hamisi can neither hear nor speak, but don't call him dumb just because he speaks a language not understood by everybody.
GLOBAL: Less silence, more science could make anal sex safer
27 February 2008 (PlusNews ), The silence and taboo surrounding anal sex is putting millions of men and women at risk of HIV, delegates attending the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, heard this week.
GLOBAL: ARVs in microbicide research - keeping hope alive?
25 February 2008 (PlusNews ), After a string of depressing trial results, the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, kicked off this week with a ray of hope that new research could deliver a new generation of HIV prevention approaches for women.
BURUNDI: Is HIV/AIDS education failing young people?
31 January 2008 (PlusNews ), Burundi's teachers are calling for more HIV/AIDS education in schools, to ensure that older primary school pupils and secondary school students, many of whom are sexually active, are properly equipped with the facts about the pandemic.
BURUNDI: Devote Barajenguye: "When I found out I was HIV-positive, I breathed a sigh of relief"
30 January 2008 (PlusNews ), Devote Barajenguye is a secondary school teacher and the mother of two teenagers. After her husband's death from an AIDS-related illness and the discovery that she was also HIV positive, she decided to put aside self-pity and encourage others living with HIV to adopt a more optimistic outlook on life.
BURUNDI: HIV/AIDS programmes dealt a severe blow
12 December 2007 (PlusNews ), Burundi's AIDS programme has been dealt a severe blow after its request for funding from the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria was rejected.
BURUNDI: Sexual violence, cultural prejudice put women in HIV crosshairs
3 September 2007 (PlusNews ), The low social status of Burundi's women leaves them vulnerable to sexual violence, while cultural taboos prevent them from seeking help. This is compounding their risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, according to local non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
BURUNDI: Sex and drugs leave Bujumbura's homeless at risk of HIV
11 July 2007 (PlusNews ), Thousands of children and adults living rough on the streets of Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, face a daily struggle to eat and find a warm corner to sleep in; many blot out the reality of their situation by turning to sex and drugs.
GLOBAL: Women want a bigger piece of the funding pie
10 July 2007 (PlusNews ), After burning the midnight oil for many weeks while preparing a US$50 million gender-based project proposal to lay before the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, Swazi activists found that it had vanished from their country's grant application. They were dumbfounded.
GLOBAL: Global forum for women with HIV
5 July 2007 (PlusNews ), AIDS does not only travel with truckers along African highways; it flies business class with men in dark suits, crawls into marriages and lurks in playgrounds. It smiles at you every day at work and, disproportionately, affects African women and girls because of gender inequalities.
BURUNDI: Paediatric HIV still a major challenge
28 May 2007 (PlusNews ), By the time Claude Nsabimana (not his real name) turned nine, both his parents had passed away due to AIDS-related illnesses. In and out of hospital most of his life, Claude was only tested for HIV after a teacher at his school became concerned about his stunted growth.
BURUNDI: I am free to live after revealing my HIV status
2 April 2007 (PlusNews ), Eighteen-year-old Adeline Nzambimana is a secondary school student living in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura. She has had the HI virus since birth, and lost both her parents through AIDS in 1993.
BURUNDI: Food shortages could harm people on ARVs
15 March 2007 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive Burundians on antiretroviral (ARV) medication are concerned about the future of their drug regimens after flooding caused extensive damage to harvests, bringing widespread food shortages.
BURUNDI: Outrage and concern over national ARV shortages
2 March 2007 (PlusNews ), AIDS activists in Burundi are up in arms over a nationwide shortage of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, and are demanding immediate action from the government.
BURUNDI: Reluctant HIV-positive refugees urged to return home
19 February 2007 (PlusNews ), The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, is urging HIV-positive Burundian refugees in camps in neighbouring Tanzania to return home, where they will have better access to treatment and care.
BURUNDI: Prisoners form HIV-positive association behind bars
26 January 2007 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive inmates in Mpimba Prison in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, have found that the best way to survive the hardship of being incarcerated in the overcrowded facility is by banding together to support each other.
BURUNDI: Food cuts for HIV-positive people worry NGOs
14 November 2006 (PlusNews ), AIDS advocacy groups in Burundi are worried that a decision by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to cut special feeding programmes next year for HIV-positive people will harm their long-term health.
BURUNDI: Compulsory HIV testing before marriage still a sore point
10 November 2006 (PlusNews ), The Roman Catholic Church's policy in Burundi that all couples intending to marry be tested for HIV is raising the hackles of some HIV-positive people, who claim that the measure promotes stigma.
BURUNDI: Providing healthcare to hard-to-reach urban refugees
8 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Health workers in Burundi are finding it hard to reach more than 17,000 Congolese refugees who have chosen to live outside official refugee camps, leaving them vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
BURUNDI: Lack of health facilities, staff shortages impede ARV rollout
31 May 2006 (PlusNews ), As Burundi's public health system struggles to recover from a 12-year civil war, only a handful of the estimated 250,000 HIV-positive Burundians who need life-prolonging AIDS treatment are accessing it.

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