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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.
CONGO: You, me and the condom
6 June 2008 (PlusNews ), After a long day's work at a printing office in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo (RoC), André Mikangou* usually buys a bottle of beer at the local petrol station shop and gets some locally produced Ami-3 condoms from the vending machine.
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.
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.
CONGO: Strife-torn Pool slowly waking up to HIV/AIDS
29 September 2006 (PlusNews ), As the republic of Congo's Pool region in the south of the country slowly emerges from years of civil war, the lack of health services, ongoing insecurity and logistics problems have made it extremely difficult for HIV-positive people to access care and treatment.
CONGO: Isolated Sangha region falls off the map
29 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Isolated and hard to reach, rural areas in the Sangha region in the north of the Republic of Congo have fallen off the map in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.
CONGO: Slim resources to counter rising HIV/AIDS level
27 September 2006 (PlusNews ), The Republic of Congo's official independence celebrations were held in the southwest town of Dolisie this year, highlighting an area hard-hit by the pandemic but struggling to provide HIV/AIDS services.
CONGO: Decay, disease, violence stalk convicts
17 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Inside the crumbling, mildewed walls of Brazzaville's prison in the capital of the Republic of Congo, up to 12 men share cells designed to hold four inmates. The cells have neither running water, nor toilets, and the few belongings convicts have are hung on nails or strewn across the filthy floor.
CONGO: Government agrees to allocate more money to fight HIV/AIDS
1 August 2005 (PlusNews ), The Ministry for Health and Population of the Republic of Congo signed an agreement on Saturday allocating 803.62 million francs CFA (US $1.48 million) to support the fight against HIV/AIDS.
CONGO: HIV-positive couple marry, making history
5 July 2005 (PlusNews ), For the first time in the history of Congo, a two people who admit openly that they are living with HIV-AIDS have married. They tied the knot at a sumptuous ceremony last weekend aimed at celebrating their union and fighting prejudice against the disease.
CONGO: Government regulates ARV supply
6 April 2005 (PlusNews ), The Republic of Congo has conducted an audit of all pharmaceutical laboratories in the country in a bid to resolve a shortage of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV-positive patients, the government has announced.
CONGO: UN to provide ARVs for 1,000 HIV-positive people
20 October 2003 (PlusNews ), The UN system in the Republic of Congo is to provide 1,000 HIV-positive people with antiretroviral treatment, the UN country coordinator Aurelien Agbenonci has said in the capital, Brazzaville.
CONGO: Media professionals create national HIV/AIDS awareness network
29 August 2003 (PlusNews ), Media professionals in the Republic of Congo have created a national network to promote awareness-raising and education initiatives in an effort to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS countrywide, the group announced in the capital, Brazzaville.
CONGO: Government launches national HIV/AIDS council
25 July 2003 (PlusNews ), The government of the Republic of Congo launched on Thursday its National Council for the Fight Against AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, with President Denis Sassou-Nguesso serving as the group's president.
CONGO: Health minister urges increased efforts to fight illicit drugs
26 June 2003 (PlusNews ), The minister of health of the Republic of Congo, Alain Moka, has called on the government, civil society and the public to better coordinate efforts to fight illicit drugs.
CONGO: Insufficient means to fight HIV/AIDS, says health minister
1 May 2003 (PlusNews ), Only about 100 people with HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Congo (ROC) has access to adequate treatment, Health Minister Alain Moka told medical workers during a training seminar on Monday in the capital, Brazzaville.

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