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AFRICA: Domestic investment in HIV up but uneven
19 July 2012 (PlusNews ), Many sub-Saharan African nations - traditionally the beneficiaries of international HIV funding - are gradually increasing their financial contributions to the fight against the virus, boosting the number of people on treatment to record highs according to a new UNAIDS report, Together We Will End AIDS, released on 18 July.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=95904
RWANDA: Substantial HIV funding has not hurt other patient care
9 May 2012 (PlusNews ), The large amount of donor funding that has gone into Rwanda's fight against HIV has not affected efforts to prevent and treat unrelated diseases, such as malaria and measles, and may in fact have improved overall healthcare, a six-year study has found.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=95428
EAST AFRICA: Regional HIV Bill passed without criminalization clause
27 April 2012 (PlusNews ), East Africa's Legislative Assembly has passed a regional HIV/AIDS Bill that seeks to protect the rights of people living with HIV and harmonize regional legislation and policy on the prevention and treatment of HIV.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=95371
RWANDA: Aiming towards two million medical male circumcisions
9 January 2012 (PlusNews ), This will be a busy year for Rwanda's health centres as the country attempts to reach its goal of medically circumcising 50 percent of men by June 2013 as part of HIV prevention efforts.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94604
RWANDA: Criminalization of sex work hinders HIV prevention efforts
17 November 2011 (PlusNews ), Sex workers in Rwanda say the criminalization of their activities, combined with their general isolation from society, means they are often excluded from HIV prevention, treatment and care opportunities.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94231
RWANDA: Parents, teachers divided over condom initiative
24 October 2011 (PlusNews ), A proposed initiative to distribute condoms to Rwandan secondary school students has divided parents, teachers and other members of society, with some cheering the plan and others concerned that teens are not mature enough to use condoms responsibly.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94046
RWANDA: Plan to treat HIV discordant couples
12 September 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive Rwandans in discordant relationships will start taking antiretroviral treatment as soon as they test positive as part of a plan to boost national HIV prevention and treatment efforts.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93706
RWANDA: Trial of microbicide ring in final phase
23 May 2011 (PlusNews ), Rwanda is in the third and final phase of testing a vaginal ring containing antiretrovirals, which, if successful, could provide an important female-controlled method of HIV prevention.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=92787
RWANDA: Bloodless male circumcision to boost HIV prevention
15 February 2011 (PlusNews ), The Rwandan government plans to expand its national voluntary male circumcision programme using a new device, the PrePex system, which officials say saves both time and money.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=91919
AFRICA: Need for systematic HIV drug resistance testing
8 February 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV is a tough enough diagnosis, but when one contracts a strain of HIV resistant to some life-prolonging medicines, treatment options are limited. A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=91866
HIV/AIDS: MSM groups hail pill to prevent HIV
24 November 2010 (PlusNews ), Gay rights groups have hailed the results of the first study to show that an antiretroviral (ARV) drug can prevent HIV as an important step in the fight against HIV, but say that in countries that criminalize homosexuality, the breakthrough is unlikely to have a significant impact.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=91180
EAST AFRICA: CEOs lead by example, take public HIV tests
18 November 2010 (PlusNews ), At least 40 East African chief executive officers (CEOs) recently took public HIV tests, a move designed to show their commitment to fighting HIV in the workplace in an increasingly integrated region.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=91123
HEALTH: New global plan aims to wipe out TB
14 October 2010 (PlusNews ), A new roadmap for curbing the global epidemic of tuberculosis aims to save five million lives between 2011 and 2015 and eliminate TB as a public health problem by 2050 but comes with a price tag of US$47 billion, nearly half of which must still be found.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=90767
HIV/AIDS: Global Fund looks to private sector to fill funding gap
14 October 2010 (PlusNews ), With its coffers running at least US$1 billion short, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is looking to the private sector to fill the funding gap.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=90765
EAST AFRICA: Community radio reaches refugees with HIV messages
1 October 2010 (PlusNews ), An FM radio station broadcasting from the western Tanzanian town of Ngara is bringing vital HIV prevention information to thousands of Burundian and Rwandan refugees living in the region.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=90642
RWANDA: People with disabilities left out of condom campaign
9 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Rwanda's recent national condom awareness campaign failed to include messages designed for people with disabilities, something experts say is a mistake, as they are often equally at risk of HIV as the rest of the population.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=88761
EAST AFRICA: One region, one HIV law
31 March 2010 (PlusNews ), As the East African Community (EAC) becomes more integrated, countries in the region are developing a common HIV Prevention and Management Bill that will establish minimum standards for HIV services in the five states - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=88635
EAST AFRICA: The military as "agents for change"
30 March 2010 (PlusNews ), East African armies should be used as a resource to fight HIV/AIDS in the general population, a workshop on HIV/AIDS in the peace and security sectors heard in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=88616
RWANDA: Nurses to help speed up ART rollout
26 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Rwandan nurses will soon be authorized to start HIV-positive patients on life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment (ART), a move Ministry of Health officials say will speed up the rollout of ART in the East African nation.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=88243
RWANDA: New HIV awareness drive targets prisoners
18 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Rwandan health authorities have embarked on a campaign to sensitize the country's prisoners - considered high risk for HIV – on how to protect themselves from contracting and transmitting the virus.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=88152

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