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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).
RWANDA: More food for people on treatment
10 March 2009 (PlusNews ), The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda is expanding its 'Food for ART [antiretroviral therapy]' programme, which tries to improve the health of people living with HIV and their families by providing them with a nutritious diet.
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.
RWANDA: "The invisible condom" and other male circumcision myths
11 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Rwanda is in the process of adopting male circumcision as a part of its national HIV prevention strategy, but experts worry that a spike in requests before a planned public awareness campaign has been launched could have negative implications.
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.
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: 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.
RWANDA-UGANDA: Joash Runga, "I sleep with my wife and my girlfriend, that's all"
7 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Joash Runga, 44, a long-distance trucker, is spending the night at the Rwanda-Uganda border town of Katuna. At the end of a hard day's drive, he likes nothing better than to kick back in one of the local bars and have a cold beer. He talked to IRIN/PlusNews about the dangers of the road and his belief that having one girlfriend instead of many reduced his chances of contracting HIV.
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.
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.
RWANDA: Aggressive campaign to protect mums and babies
3 November 2008 (PlusNews ), While neighbouring countries struggle to get pregnant women to visit antenatal centres, women in Rwanda seem to be flocking to them.
RWANDA-UGANDA: Cross-continent truckers risk more than HIV
23 October 2008 (PlusNews ), Edward Oboth Ofumbi is glad his days as a long-distance truck driver are over; glad to have left a life filled with long, solitary journeys on some of Africa's worst roads, carrying valuable cargo on highways with minimal security.
RWANDA-UGANDA: Long haul trucking, long distance love
15 October 2008 (PlusNews ), Said*, a long-distance trucker from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is married with six children. His work keeps him on the road for weeks at a time, and on those long, lonely nights he turns to his girlfriend, who lives in town of Malaba on the Kenya-Uganda border.

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