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SOUTHERN AFRICA: No single formula for HIV risk
16 August 2010 (PlusNews ), In southern Africa, prevention campaigns highlighting the HIV risks of having more than one partner at the same time have largely targeted heterosexuals and ignored the fact that men who have sex with men also have multiple partners.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: AIDS activists take funding fight to the pitch
5 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Janet "China" Mpalume led Zimbabwe's ARV Swallows to a decisive victory in the Halftime Football Tournament in Johannesburg on 2 July 2010. She wasn't playing for the FIFA World Cup, but for something potentially far more important.
SWAZILAND: Poor health services hamper PMTCT progress
28 June 2010 (PlusNews ), Swaziland has made remarkable progress in reducing HIV transmission from infected mothers to their babies, but health activists worry that this may be stalled or even reversed if lapses in basic health services are not addressed.
AFRICA: Mother knows best
15 June 2010 (PlusNews ), One after the other, the women entered the doctor’s office full of hope and expectation and left with a sense of doom: their pregnancies were confirmed but so was their HIV status – positive. To them it sounded like a death sentence, for themselves and their unborn babies.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV testing and treatment to prevent TB
19 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Diagnosing HIV early and starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment could be the most important weapons in the battle against HIV-associated tuberculosis, but this would need a huge injection of resources in southern Africa, where the dual epidemics of TB and HIV claim the most lives.
SWAZILAND: Mobile clinics in cash crunch
11 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Mobile clinics for HIV patients have been benefiting entire communities in rural Swaziland, but tight budgets have scuppered plans to expand the project, or even sustain a fleet of just two vehicles.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Same problems, less funding
4 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Without adequate funding, barriers to HIV treatment are likely to remain unchanged in spite of growing demand, a new report has warned.
SWAZILAND: Taxi drivers get tested
23 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Minibus-taxi drivers are regarded as a necessary evil in Swaziland. Although they provide a much needed service, their dangerous driving, rude and often violent behaviour has given them a bad reputation and made it difficult to reach them with HIV/AIDS services.
AFRICA: Tracking the male circumcision rollout
2 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Medical male circumcision is now widely recognized as an important HIV prevention tool, and several African countries have included it in their national HIV strategies.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Preparing for the worst
1 March 2010 (PlusNews ), When a crisis strikes, access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can be among the first casualties, particularly in countries where many people are on treatment.
AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer
19 January 2010 (PlusNews ), More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response.
SWAZILAND: Marketing the cut
4 December 2009 (PlusNews ), A steady stream of young men from urban townships and rural farms are lining up for a procedure that few Swazi men have undergone since the custom of removing a man's foreskin died out in the 19th century.
SWAZILAND: Welile Mlilo, "The sugar daddies say they can give me what I want"
3 December 2009 (PlusNews ), Welile Mlilo, 19, lives with her mother in Manzini, Swaziland's commercial hub, where she does odd jobs to support the two of them. She told IRIN/PlusNews that one of her biggest challenges was avoiding HIV in a country with the world's highest prevalence rate.
SWAZILAND: TB-HIV services needed to lower world's highest rates
4 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Swaziland not only has the world's highest HIV prevalence rate, it now also has the highest tuberculosis (TB) rate, but health officials warn that not enough is being done to integrate TB and HIV services.
AFRICA: Electronic records can streamline health care
27 October 2009 (PlusNews ), Replacing manual data with electronic health records would significantly improve the quality of care and enable African HIV treatment programmes to be scaled up more efficiently, say the authors of a new article on the subject.
SWAZILAND: Thandi Xaba, "If you feel good about life it helps you stay healthy"
27 October 2009 (PlusNews ), Thandi Xaba, 23, an aspiring actress living with HIV, belongs to an itinerant theatrical group in Swaziland who perform plays dealing with HIV/AIDS, often spiced with humour to engage the rural audience who sit beneath trees to watch the shows.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Life insurance for HIV-positive people, at a price
22 October 2009 (PlusNews ), The availability of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and legislation prohibiting discrimination have helped turn HIV/AIDS into just another chronic disease, but an HIV-positive status can still be an obstacle to getting a loan or buying insurance.
SWAZILAND: Controversy over calls to legalise sex work
21 October 2009 (PlusNews ), A search for ways to curb the spread of HIV in Swaziland has led to a public debate on legalizing sex work, which would have been unheard of 10 years ago in this poor, food-insecure country.
SWAZILAND: Archie Simelane, "With HIV, you can't see the danger"
19 October 2009 (PlusNews ), Archie Muntu Simelane, a construction worker in Mbabane, Swaziland's capital, talked to IRIN/PlusNews about how his HIV-positive status led him to becoming a health motivator at his place of work.
SWAZILAND: Ambitious target for male circumcision
5 October 2009 (PlusNews ), Swaziland's Ministry of Health and Human Services aims to provide circumcision to 80 percent of men aged 15 to 24 in the next five years, in response to the surging number of men requesting the procedure to reduce their risk of HIV.

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