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NAMIBIA: Saving HIV-positive babies
3 August 2009 (PlusNews ), While a number of countries in southern Africa have made great strides in improving access to antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV-infected adults, progress in rolling out treatment for HIV-positive infants and children has lagged behind. Namibia is a notable exception.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85559
AFRICA: Male circumcision slowly taking off
23 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The World Health Organization endorsed male circumcision (MC) as an HIV-prevention measure two years ago, but implementation of large-scale male circumcision programmes has been relatively slow.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85405
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85387
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85373
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85354
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85353
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85330
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The high cost of sex work
16 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Southern Africa's sex workers, denied access to HIV prevention and treatment services, are paying a high price to make a living when even government-issued condoms are not always free, according to a new report.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85312
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85313
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85295
NAMIBIA: Floods interrupted AIDS services - report
8 July 2009 (PlusNews ), A UN assessment has revealed that flooding in northern Namibia during March severely disrupted HIV and AIDS treatment, care and prevention services.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85185
NAMIBIA: Court case highlights workers rights
3 July 2009 (PlusNews ), In a landmark case in Namibia, 22 hotel workers are taking their employer and a doctor to court for allegedly testing them for HIV without their informed consent.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85126
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).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85091
NAMIBIA: Women take legal action over alleged sterilisations
25 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Two HIV-positive Namibian women who allege they were sterilised against their will in public hospitals are seeking redress through the courts, the first of more than 20 known cases, according to the International Community for Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85012
NAMIBIA: Shantel Ferreira, "You're trying to deny me giving birth"
25 June 2009 (PlusNews ), When doctors at Katatura State Hospital in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, booked Shantel Ferreira for a follow-up operations after she gave birth to her first child, she thought nothing of it - until she started asking questions about the acronym "BTL" which appeared on her form. At the time, she had no idea the initials stood for a form of female sterilisation known as bitubal ligation.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85014
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84967
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Male circumcision - what's the latest?
23 June 2009 (PlusNews ), It has been two years since the World Health Organization recommended male circumcision (MC) as an HIV prevention measure, and countries in Southern Africa - the region hardest-hit by AIDS - have been slowly gearing up to provide widespread access to the procedure.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84950
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84888
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84887
GLOBAL: HIV, the silent partner in emergencies
10 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Food aid and plastic sheeting are the hallmarks of every disaster, but not always condoms and antiretrovirals, even though humanitarian agencies recognize the link between emergencies and the increased risk of HIV and AIDS.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84795

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