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INDONESIA: Trying to solve ARV supply woes
16 July 2008 (PlusNews ), From the day Lenny (not her real name) was diagnosed HIV positive, she opted to get her life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs from overseas - a vote of no-confidence in Indonesia's sclerotic supply system. "I heard from my friends that hospitals often ran out of ARVs, so I became paranoid," she said.
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.
INDONESIA: Because you're worth it - HIV and the hairdressers
16 April 2008 (PlusNews ), A visit to the barber’s shop or hairdressing salon in Indonesia could entail far more than a shave or a trim - a lesson in HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it.
INDONESIA: A Cleaner Fix - new PlusNews film
31 March 2008 (PlusNews ), Indonesia is home to an estimated 500,000 injecting drug users. As many as 70 percent of them are HIV positive. Seen through the eyes of two ex-addicts, the new film by IRIN/PlusNews, A Cleaner Fix takes you into the world of the drug user and those who try to help.
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.
INDONESIA: HIV spreads among IDUs despite campaigns
5 February 2008 (PlusNews ), Tanjung Priok District, where the port is located in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, is said to have three suns above it instead of one because of its extreme heat in an already hot city. Aside from the climate, the district is also known for its high levels of crime, especially drug dealing.
INDONESIA: Injecting more than drugs
28 September 2007 (PlusNews ), For heroin addicts in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, the cheapest way to get a "fix" is entirely legal and provided by the government.
INDONESIA: Cheap sex, high risk - the challenge of AIDS prevention
24 September 2007 (PlusNews ), We were kerb-crawling for sex workers near the railway station in the grimy Cipinang district of Jakarta, Indonesia's sprawling capital, with Endang Supriyati providing a running commentary from the back seat of the car.
INDONESIA: Female condom programme falters
28 August 2007 (PlusNews ), Ningsih, 22, was taken aback when she was handed a pack of two female condoms in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, but was even more surprised when she opened one. Measuring 17cm long and 7cm in diameter with a sponge attached inside, the female condom is indeed large compared to a male condom.
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.
INDONESIA: On a razor's edge - HIV vulnerability in Aceh
1 February 2007 (PlusNews ), Ratnawati Zulkifli, 32, will always remember the morning of the tsunami, a day still etched in her mind nearly two years after this century's greatest natural disaster to date.

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