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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
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
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
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
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: Earlier ARV treatment saves lives
10 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Findings from a clinical trial in Haiti bring the first conclusive evidence that HIV-positive people in developing countries have a significantly better chance of survival if they start antiretroviral (ARV) treatment earlier.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84791
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
GLOBAL: Basic healthcare crucial to beating HIV, study
27 May 2009 (PlusNews ), Providing HIV prevention, care and treatment services at well-equipped local clinics could be the key to success in fighting the pandemic in the developing world, a new report by the international anti-poverty NGO, ActionAid, has said.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84567
GLOBAL: Obama expands health agenda, but not funding
8 May 2009 (PlusNews ), At a time when many Americans are preoccupied with the economic crisis on their doorsteps, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve US$63 billion for global health over the next six years.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84297
GLOBAL: Economic downturn puts treatment of millions at risk
29 April 2009 (PlusNews ), After months of speculation about how the global economic downturn might affect HIV/AIDS programmes, a new World Bank report details the projected aftermath of the crisis and how it could place the treatment of more than 1.7 million at risk by year's end.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84171
GLOBAL: Real men don’t cry – or do they?
20 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Men don't cry. Men take risks. Men don't ask for help. Men are strong. Men have many sexual partners. These stereotypes of masculinity are contributing to the spread of HIV throughout the world, experts warned at a recent symposium on men and boys.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=83991
SOMALIA: Aisha*, "I am addicted to khat and still on the market"
14 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Aisha*, 24, lives in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia, where she puts food on the table for herself and her child by trading sex for money and khat, a herbal stimulant. Aisha told IRIN/PlusNews about her life during a conversation frequently interrupted by customers calling to make appointments.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=83909
SOMALIA: High-risk sex workers fly under the HIV radar
31 March 2009 (PlusNews ), Hodan* spends most of her afternoons sitting outside her tiny house in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, blowing fruity smoke from a hookah pipe, her face covered in a green paste to help her skin look its best.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=83721
SOMALIA: Religious leaders combat HIV stigma
27 March 2009 (PlusNews ), When three attempts to cure Abdulhakim*, 42, of tuberculosis failed, the father of nine living in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia, took his doctor's advice and tested for HIV - the result came back positive.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=83676
GLOBAL: Prevention the best medicine for TB
26 March 2009 (PlusNews ), Findings from an ongoing South African study into preventative tuberculosis (TB) therapy suggest that prevention really may be the best medicine.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=83665
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).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=83625

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