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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.
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.
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.
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.
PAKISTAN: Dangerous traditions
5 December 2007 (PlusNews ), Bound by 'watta satta', a cultural tradition of exchanged marriage between two families, Nuzhat (not her real name), 22, cannot disclose her HIV status.
PAKISTAN: Male sex workers play Russian roulette with HIV
2 November 2007 (PlusNews ), For many of Pakistan's male sex workers, insisting on condom use could mean the loss of a paying customer – leaving them with a difficult dilemma
PAKISTAN: Roadside dentists pose HIV, hepatitis threat
18 September 2007 (PlusNews ), Holding a chunk of ice wrapped in a handkerchief firmly to his right cheek, Saleem Jawad, 34, looks rather pleased with himself. From time to time he turns away to spit out a stream of red blood, before sipping from a glass of cold water beside him.
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.
PAKISTAN: HIV/AIDS will not go away if you ignore it
15 May 2007 (PlusNews ), "This is a disease about dirty people doing dirty things," remarked Mohammad Sohail, 18, a mechanic, displaying his limited knowledge of HIV as he repaired a car outside the bustling Pir Wadhai bus station, one of the largest in the city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, capital of Pakistan.
PAKISTAN: Commercial sex workers face HIV threat
3 February 2007 (PlusNews ), Beena, 50, runs an 'establishment' in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, where her two daughters and a niece sell their bodies. "Most of us here know all about this AIDS thing. Some NGO people keep coming and talk to the girls about it – but just knowing about it is not always of much use," she mused, chewing on a wodge of tobacco.
PAKISTAN: First association of people living with HIV/AIDS launched
5 December 2006 (PlusNews ), The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched Pakistan's first association of people living with HIV/AIDS.
PAKISTAN: Lonely truck drivers face HIV/AIDS threat
14 November 2006 (PlusNews ), Leaning against his brightly painted truck, Muhammad Rafiq, 30, looks furtively at the two condoms he holds in his hand. "I plan to use these soon, but I hope I can remember to do so when the time comes," he says, a little shyly.
PAKISTAN: Taboo heightens risks for male sex workers
21 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Increasingly many masseurs who actually work as male sex workers in Lahore are finding themselves at greater risk of contracting HIV/AIDS due to a lack of healthcare or awareness-raising intiatives.
PAKISTAN: Drug injecting refugees vulnerable to HIV infection
18 September 2006 (PlusNews ), In an alley close to the historic Qissa Kahani Bazaar in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Najeeb Khan, 22, crouches on his haunches beneath a flimsy shop awning.
PAKISTAN: New study suggests Afghan war has led to increase in HIV/AIDS
15 July 2003 (PlusNews ), A recent US study has suggested that the war in Afghanistan in 2001 led to a higher HIV risk among drug users in neighbouring Pakistan and warns that immediate action is needed to prevent an epidemic.
PAKISTAN: People living with HIV/AIDS thrown out of hospital, says NGO
31 March 2003 (PlusNews ), An NGO working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Pakistan has expressed outrage after three HIV positive patients were allegedly thrown out of a hospital in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) due to discrimination.

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