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GLOBAL: A new and improved PEPFAR under Obama?
21 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Hopes are high that the change promised by incoming US President Barack Obama will extend to his foreign policy, but for more than two million people living with HIV, mainly in Africa, the changing of the guard at the White House may elicit mixed feelings.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82494
MADAGASCAR: Lemur virus gives clues to evolution of HIV
16 December 2008 (PlusNews ), A squirrel sized lemur from Madagascar has given scientists new evidence about the origins of the HI virus and opened up promising new avenues for investigation.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81980
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The long road to male circumcision
8 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Looking to get circumcised to reduce your risk of HIV infection? If you’re living in Southern Africa, you might have a long wait until services become more widely available.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81866
GLOBAL: Overworked and under-protected
4 December 2008 (PlusNews ), While healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa struggle to deal with unmanageable workloads resulting from HIV/AIDS, a new study has found that their needs are being neglected.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81818
GLOBAL: Tailor prevention programmes, says UNAIDS
2 December 2008 (PlusNews ), As the global financial crisis raises the spectre of cutbacks in AIDS funding, countries need to start being more strategic about how they spend their AIDS budgets.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81777
GLOBAL: Universal HIV testing could eliminate HIV within a decade - WHO
27 November 2008 (PlusNews ), Universal HIV testing and immediate antiretroviral (ARV) drugs could reduce new infections in high-prevalence countries by as much as 95 percent within ten years, according to a new study by scientists from the UN World Health Organisation (WHO).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81701
GLOBAL: We can save more babies, say researchers
20 November 2008 (PlusNews ), A ground-breaking South African study has provided the first hard evidence that treating HIV-positive babies with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines from as early as six weeks dramatically improves their chances of survival.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81578
INDIAN OCEAN: Climbing HIV figures show a changing picture
14 November 2008 (PlusNews ), Over 500 people from Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion Island, the Comoros and Seychelles attended the seventh conference on AIDS in Indian Ocean, and shared their growing concern over the impact of AIDS in their respective countries.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81459
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81295
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=80597
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=79150
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=78809
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=78602
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=77003
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=76940
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Women take sexual risks to feed their families
31 October 2007 (PlusNews ), Women in food insecure southern Africa are putting themselves in danger of contracting HIV in their desperation to feed themselves and their families, a new study has found.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=75071
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The effect of migration on HIV rates
13 September 2007 (PlusNews ), Trying to measure the impact of the Zimbabwean exodus on HIV/AIDS rates in the region is so fraught with ifs, buts and maybes that the only reasonable assumption is that, like other migrants, economic migrants may run a higher risk of infection than they would have if they had not left their homes.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=74282
MADAGASCAR: New law to fight HIV/AIDS stigma
20 August 2007 (PlusNews ), The HIV prevalence rate in the island nation of Madagascar may be lower than its neighbouring Southern Africa countries, but the levels of stigma and discrimination are just as high. Activists and government officials are hoping that a recently introduced law will alleviate the problem.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=73819
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=73172
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=73092

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