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GLOBAL: TB and HIV co-infection crisis a bigger threat
24 March 2009 (PlusNews ), One in four tuberculosis (TB) deaths in the world is HIV-related, twice as many as previously thought, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
GLOBAL: Rape survivors need better emergency care - MSF
9 March 2009 (PlusNews ), People who have suffered sexual violence in countries facing humanitarian crises need much more accessible, comprehensive and confidential care than is currently available, says a new report by the international medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
GLOBAL: HIV incidence rising in 50+ age group
3 March 2009 (PlusNews ), The number of older people with HIV may be increasing worldwide, but doctors seldom consider screening them for HIV, thus delaying diagnosis, according to an article in the World Health Organisation's March Bulletin.
GLOBAL: New insight into HI-virus
27 February 2009 (PlusNews ), New research has revealed the extent and speed at which the HI virus can adapt to overcome the body's own evolving defence systems.
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.
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.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Let's talk about sex
9 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Yangpela is Papua New Guinea's (PNG) only youth-friendly hotline, run by the sexual and reproductive health NGO, Marie Stopes, in a cramped office in the capital, Port Moresby.
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.
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.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: A helping hand for people living with HIV
2 January 2009 (PlusNews ), In a small commune on a patch of wasteland next to the waterworks in Mount Hagen, the capital of Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Western Highlands Province, Paul Ari provides shelter to people living with HIV and AIDS who fear rejection by their families.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: HIV gaining ground in the Highlands
24 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Dr Petronia Kaima was appalled. She had just been told the two young HIV-positive mothers she greeted as they were leaving the Rebiamul Centre in Mount Hagen, in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG), were married to the same man. Their husband had two other wives, also living with the virus, and yet he refused to come for treatment.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Epidemic grows as funding falls
22 December 2008 (PlusNews ), How do you roll out an effective HIV prevention programme in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where 800 languages are spoken, cultures and sexual mores differ wildly, and much of the country is inaccessible?
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Idau Ghou, "We tell them, 'It's not normal if you have that kind of discharge'"
18 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the Asia-Pacific region. The lack of awareness about safer sex, especially among the youth, is recognised as a particular problem.
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.
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.
GLOBAL: Planes, trains and travel bans
28 November 2008 (PlusNews ), In 2002, illicit arms dealer Aleksic Jovan flew more than 200 tons of weapons in war-torn Liberia, contributing to a conflict estimated to have killed about 250,000 people. Years ago, Linda Kisuna’s husband contracted a sexually transmitted disease. What do they have in common? Both Jovan and Kisuna's husband have been denied entry to countries across the world.
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).
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.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: HIV/AIDS numbers increasing
6 November 2008 (PlusNews ), The number of people living with HIV in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is rising, not just in urban areas but more so in rural areas, a new report has found.
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.

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