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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.
MALAWI: Success in reducing HIV rate
30 May 2008 (PlusNews ), When Pastor Gilbert Momola told the audience at Civo Stadium in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, that he was HIV positive, he touched the hearts of many, including that of retired Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda.
MALAWI: Faith can give comfort, but cannot cure AIDS
12 March 2008 (PlusNews ), A billboard showing traditional and religious leaders holding hands in the fight against AIDS is a common feature in Blantyre, Malawi's commercial capital, but overzealous church leaders claiming to cure HIV with prayer are now causing more harm than good.
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.
MALAWI: Pastor Gilbert Momola: “We must stop looking at people living with HIV/AIDS as sinners”
7 February 2008 (PlusNews ), Gilbert Momola, 37, is the only pastor in Malawi's Evangelical Baptist Church who has declared his HIV-positive status. Despite the divisions it caused, his move prompted many to examine the stigma they attach to HIV. He lost his wife and child to AIDS-related illnesses, but has since remarried and had a child; both his wife and child are negative.
MALAWI: Government proposes mandatory HIV test for pregnant women
24 December 2007 (PlusNews ), Malawi's government is planning to table a controversial bill in Parliament which would require pregnant women to undergo HIV testing. The move is aimed at reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, but opponents of the proposed bill argue it would violate women's rights.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: New PMTCT drug regimen catching on
29 November 2007 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive mothers in South Africa will have a better chance of not passing the virus to their babies, after the government announced it was switching to a more effective drug regimen, which can reduce the risk of transmission to as little as five percent.
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.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: A winning recipe for PMTCT but few follow it
19 September 2007 (PlusNews ), A success story, at last: Botswana has lowered the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV to less than four percent, coming close to developed countries that have almost eliminated paediatric AIDS.
MALAWI: HIV creates TB crisis
18 September 2007 (PlusNews ), When the first cases of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) were reported in South Africa in 2006, the World Health Organisation (WHO) urged other countries in the region to improve their laboratory capacity and implement infection control measures, but Malawi still cannot test for the virtually untreatable TB strain.
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.
MALAWI: Young people still reluctant to test
7 September 2007 (PlusNews ), In July this year, Malawi held what has become an annual event - Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) Week. Over the course of the week, 185,000 people came to be tested at VCT centres throughout the country, almost double the number who volunteered in 2006.
MALAWI: Fish farming eases living with HIV/AIDS
27 August 2007 (PlusNews ), Widowed Esnat Singano, 54, did not know her husband was HIV positive until almost two years after his death in 2000, when she also tested positive for the virus.
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.
MALAWI: Donors and govt pool funds against brain drain
28 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Current donor policies are partly to blame for a dire lack of healthcare workers in southern Africa, international medical relief agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said.
MALAWI: Accounting for AIDS funding no small matter
14 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Smaller AIDS organisations in Malawi are in the spotlight after a recent move by the National AIDS Commission (NAC) to suspend their financial aid because many cannot account for the funds allocated to them.

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