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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.
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.
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.
COTE D'IVOIRE: "I didn't think the war would last so long"
23 May 2008 (PlusNews ), When the New Forces rebels launched an armed insurrection against Cote D'Ivoire's government five years ago, Princess*, 41, who had tested positive for HIV the previous year, fled Bouake, the rebel stronghold, to seek refuge in her home village in the bush, about 30km from Bouake.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Victims of war still paying the price
14 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Josette* remembers the "black day" on 19 September 2002, when the New Forces rebels, based in Bouake, Cote D'Ivoire, launched an insurrection against President Laurent Gbagbo's government, forcing thousands of people to flee the city.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Centre offers children health and hope
8 May 2008 (PlusNews ), A straw hut in the courtyard of the Ariel Glaser Paediatric Centre in Bouake is filled with children of all ages playing or eating meals prepared by the centre's cook, all under the watchful eye of relatives.
COTE D'IVOIRE: AIDS services still suspended by conflict
28 April 2008 (PlusNews ), War has left its mark on Bouake, Cote d'Ivoire's second largest town and the stronghold of the New Forces rebels, about 300km north of the port city of Abidjan. Many public buildings are empty and dilapidated, roads are in disrepair and carry few vehicles.
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.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Rural areas neglected by AIDS response
28 August 2007 (PlusNews ), Rural areas in Cote d'Ivoire seem to have fallen off the map in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, and although the HIV prevalence rates are still lower than those found in cities, experts fear they could climb.
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.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Fear and silence impede services for rape survivors
28 August 2006 (PlusNews ), When soldiers are responsible for sexual violence, fear of reprisal largely explains the culture of silence that prevents families and communities from reporting them. The most difficult task for humanitarian workers in Man in western Cote d'Ivoire is identifying the victims of sexual violence so they can be protected from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
COTE D'IVOIRE: ARVs reduce deaths due to TB-HIV co-infection
25 July 2006 (PlusNews ), The arrival of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in the rebel-held north of Cote d'Ivoire is having a dramatic impact on tuberculosis-related deaths.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Involving children in issues raised by HIV/AIDS
22 June 2006 (PlusNews ), As co-founder of a shelter for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Rodrigue Koffi knows that children should never be shut out of the complex problems faced by families living with HIV/AIDS. But Koffi winces when tagged an AIDS orphan himself. Instead, the 20-year-old chairman of the Nzrama home housing 50 HIV/AIDS orphans describes himself as a defender of children's rights.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Civil war all but wiped out health care, HIV/AIDS facilities in north
22 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Cote d'Ivoire’s civil war all but wiped out the health sector in the rebel-held north, dramatically reducing the number of available doctors and significantly harming HIV/AIDS care and prevention, a new study shows.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Civil strife an obstacle to AIDS treatment - Govt
4 October 2005 (PlusNews ), Ongoing conflict and a lack of funds are hampering efforts to roll out anti-AIDS treatment to HIV-positive people in parts of the Ivory Coast, government officials have said.

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