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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.
HAITI: Sex for survival puts women at risk
3 November 2008 (PlusNews ), After her aunt turned her out onto the chaotic streets of Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti, eight months ago, Marie Jessy*, 16, survived by befriending men who gave her a place to stay for the night and some money the next morning.
HAITI: Marie Jessy: "I don't want someone my age, only older men can help me"
3 November 2008 (PlusNews ), Marie Jessy, 16, lives in Carrefour, a poor, densely populated neighbourhood in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. She resorted to sex work when she became homeless in February 2008, but has been given support and training in alternative ways to earn an income at a centre run by the Foundation for Reproductive Health and Family Education (FOSREF), a local NGO that focuses on preventing HIV in young people and sex workers.
HAITI: Celeste: "Sometimes I don't have food to take with my medication"
31 October 2008 (PlusNews ), Celeste*, 15, contracted HIV from her mother at birth. She lives in Jacmel on the southeast coast of Haiti, which was battered in August and September by four successive hurricanes, and has been receiving assistance from a local NGO for people living with HIV, called KALMI (Haitian Collective for a Better Life – "Kombit Ayisyen Pou Lavi Miyo").
HAITI: AIDS patients more desperate for food than treatment
31 October 2008 (PlusNews ), Even before Hurricane Gustav barrelled into the southern coast of Haiti in August, life was a struggle for Destin Domoud, an artist selling his paintings and papier-mâché crafts from a small gallery in the seaside town of Jacmel.
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.
HAITI: High risk and underground
7 July 2008 (PlusNews ), If you inject heroin, you probably know about the risk of becoming infected with Hepatitis C or HIV, but if you're one of the thousands across the world who visit informal healers for a jab of vitamin B you may be getting more than a shot of vitamins and not even know it.
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.
HAITI: HIV masked by the smokescreen of insecurity
2 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Police officers struggling to keep a lid on Haiti's violent crime can find it difficult to accept that HIV represents just as real a threat as the armed gangs they battle.
HAITI: Treatment centre reports rising sexual violence and HIV
1 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Apart from HIV, sexual violence against women in Haiti is another virus that has so far proved resistant to a cure. Activists say they are unsure whether the rise in cases over the last few years is due to violence becoming more widespread, or the result of campaigns calling on women to speak out.
HAITI: Children start getting specialised AIDS services
31 October 2007 (PlusNews ), Erika, 17, (not her real name) is one of an estimated 17,000 children living with HIV in Haiti, the Caribbean island most affected by AIDS. After years of ill-health and many medical consultations, she was tested for HIV at the age of 13 and referred to the paediatric and youth clinic at the Gheskio Centre, the largest HIV treatment centre in Port-au-Prince, the capital.
HAITI: Proposed law would be weapon against stigma
30 October 2007 (PlusNews ), Whether you are an adult or a child, man or woman, heterosexual or gay, all Haitians living with HIV are subject to the stigma linked to the virus.
HAITI: "We must try our best"
29 October 2007 (PlusNews ), Combating AIDS in Haiti is almost exclusively financed by international organisations; what would happen if the funding dried up? It is a concern not only for people living with the virus, but also for activists trying to build a sustainable response to the epidemic.
HAITI: Using the power of the cinema to spread the word on AIDS
26 October 2007 (PlusNews ), More than one in four Haitians believes HIV can be transmitted by supernatural means, so using the magic of the movies may be one way of opening people's eyes to the reality of the pandemic.
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.

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