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CAMEROON: Desperately seeking third-line medication
5 November 2008 (PlusNews ), Marie Gisèle Tientcheu, 30, an AIDS activist, has developed resistance to second-line antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, and has had to look outside Cameroon, her home country, for the medicines she needs.
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.
CAMEROON: In search of a positive soul mate
25 June 2008 (PlusNews ), When Clémentine Banzoat, 41, a mother of two, learnt she was HIV positive nine years ago, she not only lost her partner, the father of her second child, but also her job. After several failed relationships with HIV-negative men, she decided to look for an HIV-positive partner to form a family.
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.
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.
CAMEROON: Imprisoned homosexuals face high HIV risk
5 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Ten days after completing a one-year prison sentence for homosexuality during which he was raped and abused, Alim died from an AIDS-related illness at the Central Hospital in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon.
CAMEROON: Stigma helps charlatans selling AIDS cures to flourish
29 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Many Cameroonians view HIV/AIDS as a shameful disease. Reluctant to disclose or accept their HIV positive status, they consult charlatans claiming to cure the disease, who not only fail but often worsen their clients' health by encouraging them to interrupt ARV treatment, causing them to develop resistance to future ARV medications. Christy's belief in miracle cures almost cost her her life.
CAMEROON: Campaign launched to counter 'breast ironing'
28 June 2006 (PlusNews ), Activists in Cameroon have begun breaking the silence about 'breast ironing', widely used to protect young women from being noticed by men.
CAMEROON: "Aunties" teach pregnant teenagers to prevent HIV/AIDS and STIs
13 March 2006 (PlusNews ), Teenage pregnancy is a growing concern in Cameroon, where young people make up most of the 5.5 percent of the population living with HIV, according to the National Network of the Associations of Aunties (Réseau national des associations de tantines - RENATA).
CAMEROON: New vaccine to target vertical HIV transmission
7 March 2006 (PlusNews ), A new HIV/AIDS research centre in Cameroon is to create a vaccine to prevent the transmission of HIV through breast-feeding.
CAMEROON: Kribi, a small paradise for tourists and AIDS
3 March 2006 (PlusNews ), The inhabitants of Kribi, a well-known sea resort on the Gulf of Guinea, were hoping that an oil terminal linking Chad to Cameroon would solve all their problems of unemployment, poverty and isolation. But three years after construction began, little has changed.
CAMEROON: Tuberculosis and AIDS soaring in prisons
23 February 2006 (PlusNews ), Victor N. no longer has the strength to get up from his straw mattress; he is battling tuberculosis, which has struck for a second time in some months. One of his cellmates in Edea prison near Douala is in the same state - too weary even to fight the bedbugs lacing the thin cushion on which he rests.
CAMEROON: AIDS cure crackpots draw Govt action
23 January 2006 (PlusNews ), People seeking "quick money" through false claims of HIV/AIDS cures could experience the full effect of the law, Cameroon's Health Minister, Urbain Olanguena Awono, has warned.
CAMEROON: Catholic cleric pushes for condoms
24 October 2005 (PlusNews ), A Catholic Cardinal has approved the use of condoms as a protective measure against HIV/AIDS, provided the couple using them is married.

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