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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.
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.
WEST AFRICA: A life-changing highway
17 September 2008 (PlusNews ), If you live along the main highway linking Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire's economic hub, with Lagos in Nigeria, it is almost impossible to ignore the many AIDS awareness messages along the route, travelled by 47 million people each year.
BENIN: Power cuts and risky sex
30 July 2008 (PlusNews ), With selective power cuts regularly plunging Benin's largest city, Cotonou, into darkness, Alain*, a young taxi driver, no longer has to worry about paying for a hotel room to have casual sex – a quiet corner on a dark street will do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BENIN: Efforts to reach pregnant mothers slowly paying off
15 January 2008 (PlusNews ), Rosalie Salako, 38, a mother of three, meets every week with pregnant women from the district of Pobè, 120km east of Cotonou, the main coastal town in Benin, to encourage them to be tested for the HI virus.
BENIN: AIDS stripping farmers of their land
1 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Comlan Houessou certainly knows what he is talking about when it comes to the impact of AIDS on rural communities. He is a farmer in Benin who has lost everything because of HIV: the respect of his neighbours, his savings and his land. He is now fighting to rebuild his life.
BENIN: Internet new frontline in AIDS awareness
10 August 2007 (PlusNews ), Dieudonné Sourou never leaves the cybercafé in Cotonou, Benin’s commercial capital, where he comes every week to check his personal emails, without sending what this 25-year-old calls "useful messages" raising HIV awareness.
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.
BENIN: Refugees from Togo sensitised to AIDS
2 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Règle d'or, a local nongovernmental organisation (NGO) in Benin, is taking awareness messages to thousands of Togolese nationals who fled their country when the presidential elections erupted in violence last year.
BENIN: Experts throw doubt over HIV prevalence figures that show 50 percent drop
14 June 2005 (PlusNews ), A newly published official survey of AIDS in Benin has revealed an HIV prevalance rate of 2.0 percent, less than half the infection rate of 4.1 percent which had previously been reported.
BENIN: AIDS tackling efforts receive cash boost
27 August 2004 (PlusNews ), Efforts to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Benin have received a major boost from the African Development Fund, a concessional window of the African Development Bank (ADB).
BENIN: Women say condoms do not prevent AIDS
11 September 2003 (PlusNews ), Women in Benin have opposed the use of condoms as a means of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, the Pan African News Agency (PANA) reported on Wednesday.

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