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MOZAMBIQUE: Girls' clubs highlight sexual abuse
25 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Ester*, 7, returned to her home in a densely populated neighbourhood of Chimoio, capital of Manica Province in central Mozambique, after a brief outing with a 19-year-old male acquaintance and tearfully told her parents she had been raped.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=83143
GLOBAL: Optimistic UNAIDS sets ambitious goals
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Wearing an orange "HIV Positive" t-shirt, the new executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, this week outlined his vision for the UN agency at the Ubuntu Clinic in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82853
GLOBAL: A glimmer of hope for microbicide research
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), After years of disappointments, AIDS researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82836
GLOBAL: Global Fund facing shortfall
6 February 2009 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which supplies one-quarter of all AIDS funding, is facing a funding gap of US$5 billion.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82791
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV pregnancy, stigma and ignorance
26 January 2009 (PlusNews ), For many women, pregnancy is a time of anticipation and celebration, but for those living positively it can be frustrating when their status – and not their pregnancy – takes centre stage. Being pregnant and positive often comes with its own brand of stigma.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82567
MOZAMBIQUE: Government repatriates Zimbabwe sex workers
22 January 2009 (PlusNews ), A narrow hallway leads to a makeshift wooden counter where a shelf displays a few empty beer cans and soft drink bottles; a side door opens to a corridor with a series of bedrooms, almost all of them occupied. This is the 25 de Setembro Social Centre, one of the largest brothels in Chimoio, capital of Mozambique's central province of Manica.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82516
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
MOZAMBIQUE: Lives at play
29 December 2008 (PlusNews ), The actors are on standby and the lights and microphones are on. But before he says “Action,” director Célio Grandes Machado spends several minutes carefully going over the script. Ntxuva – Vidas em Jogo (Ntxuva – Lives at Play), Mozambique's first locally produced soap opera, has an educational purpose, so there can be no deviations.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82122
MOZAMBIQUE: Orphans getting caught in HIV cycle
19 December 2008 (PlusNews ), With her make-up touched up, a basin filled with seasoned chicken on her head and a bundle of sharpened bamboo sticks in her hand, Lucrécia*, 16, makes her way to an old petrol station near a major truck stop in Chimoio, capital of Mozambique's central province of Manica.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=82033
MOZAMBIQUE: ARVs stolen and sold
9 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Lino Matope, 23, is lying on a mangy cotton mattress in a tiny shack made of corrugated iron sheets at the Feira market in Chimoio, capital of central Mozambique's Manica Province, receiving his fourth illegal injection of benzatinic penicillin.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81886
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
MOZAMBIQUE: Proposed law a mixed bag for people with HIV
1 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and on the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, people living with HIV in Mozambique are still experiencing frequent human rights abuses.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81755
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV laws put women in the line of fire
1 December 2008 (PlusNews ), A woman in Malawi left her husband after years of abuse. He found her and raped her, an act not criminalised in Malawi when it occurs within marriage. The woman later tested positive for HIV and discovered that her husband had known his HIV-positive status for some time.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81723
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
MOZAMBIQUE: Widows risk HIV in purification rites
17 November 2008 (PlusNews ), When Mariana Uchandidhora's husband was killed in a traffic accident in South Africa a year ago, tradition required that she have sex with her deceased husband's brother in order to be purified.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=81496
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
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Is the pen mightier than the virus?
16 October 2008 (PlusNews ), Isn't it time that journalists started taking HIV/AIDS beyond the newsroom and into the bedroom? In many newsrooms the highly politicised topic of HIV/AIDS remains just that - political. Journalists aren't immune to HIV/AIDS; they just don't talk about it.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=80955

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