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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.
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.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Traditional beliefs hinder PMTCT
28 January 2008 (PlusNews ), A pig, half a sack of rice, black corn and five litres of sugarcane brandy are the ingredients a traditional healer in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau uses to perform a ritual many believe will prevent a woman who has given birth from getting HIV.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Testing without treatment: an island's dilemma
20 December 2007 (PlusNews ), Saico Djau is a very frustrated laboratory technician and HIV counsellor. After testing people for HIV and informing them of their status there is nothing else he can do for them if they are HIV-positive, because there is no antiretroviral (ARV) treatment available on Guinea Bissau's Bijagos Islands.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Paying the price for disclosing their HIV status
2 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Three women find themselves facing difficulties, having gone public as HIV-positive, and show how far Guinean society still has to go in terms of acceptance and prejudice.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Two thousand girls a year suffer genital mutilation
27 August 2007 (PlusNews ), The annual female genital mutilation season in Guinea-Bissau begins when schools close for the winter holidays from July to September. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that each year the parents of around 2,000 girls send them to "fanatecas" to be ritually circumcised.
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.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Proposed law could outlaw female genital mutilation
14 September 2006 (PlusNews ), The practice of fanado, or female genital mutilation, could soon be outlawed by a new bill to be presented to the Guinea-Bissau parliament.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Health service far from well
21 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Few beds are occupied at the hospital in Gabu, a bustling town in eastern Guinea Bissau, close to the border with Guinea Conakry. It is not that the locals are particularly healthy. They are as wracked by malaria, malnutrition, cholera, TB and AIDS as every one else is in this country, one of the world's five poorest.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Trying to work a miracle
14 July 2006 (PlusNews ), A shocked Paulo Mendes surveyed the wreck of his office. Burnt files, broken cabinets, ripped documents were strewn across the yard. Every computer, fax and telephone had been stolen. The national programme against AIDS in Guinea-Bissau was virtually wiped out.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Traditional healing to get its place in the sun
31 March 2006 (PlusNews ), Guinean traditional healers have been sidelined by health officials and received little support for researching their remedies, but this is set to change.
GUINEA-BISSAU: First ARVs arrive, but no-one trained to prescribe them
18 January 2005 (PlusNews ), A first consignment of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for people living with AIDS has arrived from Brazil for distribution free of charge to people living with AIDS in Guinea-Bissau. However, local doctors and nurses have not yet received training in how to use the drugs and will be reliant on medical manuals to learn how to prescribe them.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Brazil to sponsor first ARV treatment programme
3 December 2004 (PlusNews ), Brazil will start supplying Guinea-Bissau with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to launch its first treatment programme for HIV-positive people in the first quarter of 2005, Health Minister Odete Costa Semedo has announced.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Cash boost for AIDS fight
29 July 2004 (PlusNews ), A combined grant of US $19 million from the World Bank and the Global AIDS Fund will help Guinea-Bissau launch its first move against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
GUINEA-BISSAU: Government launches first big push against AIDS
27 July 2004 (PlusNews ), Guinea-Bissau is launching its first big push against HIV/AIDS with the help of a US $19 million aid package from the World Bank and the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Health Minister Odete Costa Semedo said.

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