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KENYA: HIV testing crucial in TB vaccine programme
21 August 2009 (PlusNews ), New research showing that the tuberculosis vaccine Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG) can be deadly to HIV-positive infants means Kenya's health ministry will have to redouble its efforts to test pregnant mothers and their infants for HIV, senior health officials say.
KENYA: Can lay counsellors fill the health worker gap?
12 August 2009 (PlusNews ), Hundreds of lay health care workers are deployed in Kenyan communities to fill the gap caused by severe staff shortages in the health sector - but could they be doing more harm than good?
KENYA: Doting dads can lower their children's HIV risk
7 August 2009 (PlusNews ), Jennifer Omasa had lost three children when using traditional birth attendants, so when she fell pregnant a fourth time, she opted to visit her local antenatal clinic in the town of Maseno, western Kenya, and now has an eight-month-old baby girl named Zawadi, Swahili for gift.
KENYA: Video game fights for behaviour change
30 July 2009 (PlusNews ), At the community centre in Mukuru, a slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, teenagers spend hours engrossed in a video game, but they are not battling other-worldly forces with super-human weapons; instead, they are finding their way through a familiar-looking city, trying to negotiate real-life situations and learn how to avoid HIV infection.
GLOBAL: Treating addiction can prevent HIV
22 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Alcohol and drug addiction are major drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of the world, but for political and ideological reasons, scientists and clinicians have tended to shy away from this area of HIV research, while governments and donors have been reluctant to fund programmes targeting addicts.
KENYA: New code of practice protects HIV-positive employees
22 July 2009 (PlusNews ), When Doreen Aluoch*, 32, got a job as a chef at a leading hotel in Kenya four years ago, she was told she had to have a medical examination before she could be employed, but she did not know that the routine checkup would include an HIV test.
GLOBAL: Test and treat to wipe out AIDS
21 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The idea of using antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) not only to treat HIV infection but also to prevent new infections, and eventually to eradicate the virus almost entirely, is being hotly debated at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.
GLOBAL: Scientific community urged to become activists
20 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention opened on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa, amidst reports that funding gaps and poor management are threatening supplies of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in at least six African countries.
GLOBAL: Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy
20 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa.
GLOBAL: Male circumcision does not reduce partner's HIV risk
17 July 2009 (PlusNews ), New research suggests that circumcising HIV-positive men does not reduce the risk of their female partners becoming HIV-infected.
GLOBAL: Critical need for more viral load testing
16 July 2009 (PlusNews ), New research has again confirmed the importance of viral load testing, which measures the amount of HI virus in the blood, to determine whether someone on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is experiencing treatment failure and needs to be switched to a second-line drug regimen.
GLOBAL: As the money flows, so the world turns
15 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The stats are in – 2008 was a bumper year for HIV/AIDS funding, according to a new report by UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on health. It is the kind of monitoring that may prove important as the global economic slowdown continues.
KENYA: Stop ignoring us, say high-risk groups
9 July 2009 (PlusNews ), As Kenya prepares its third National AIDS Strategic Plan, several high-risk groups are calling on the government to give them more say in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
KENYA: Struggling to meet demand for male circumcision
1 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Demand for medical male circumcision has been rising in Kenya's south-western Nyanza Province since it became available as part of a package of HIV prevention services in November 2008.
GLOBAL: Standard TB vaccine could be fatal to HIV-positive babies
1 July 2009 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive babies who receive the global standard tuberculosis (TB) vaccine are at hightened risk of contracting this infectious disease, says a new study in Bulletin, a journal published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
KENYA: University students don't always wrap up - study
25 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Kenya's university students - the brightest of their generation - do not consistently use condoms, a new study conducted in Maseno University, in western Kenya, has found.
GLOBAL: Entry, treatment, rights denied
23 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Leaving home is as risky as ever for many HIV-positive migrants, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.
KENYA: No guidance on caring for HIV-positive children
23 June 2009 (PlusNews ), James Samo* is finding it harder and harder to deflect the persistent questioning of his six-year-old niece, Mary, he looks after, as to why she needs to take her antiretroviral medicine every day when she is not sick.
GLOBAL: Promising new drug to treat TB
17 June 2009 (PlusNews ), For the first time in nearly half a century, the world may be on the verge of adding a new drug to its arsenal against tuberculosis (TB) – one that would not only drastically improve the treatment of TB and its multidrug-resistant strains, but also shorten it.
GLOBAL: Economic crisis no excuse to cut funds - UN
17 June 2009 (PlusNews ), International donors must continue meeting their commitments to HIV/AIDS, even in the face of the economic downturn, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged.

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