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SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV pregnancy, stigma and ignorance
26 January 2009 (PlusNews ), For many women, pregnancy is a time of anticipation and celebration, but for those living positively it can be frustrating when their status – and not their pregnancy – takes centre stage. Being pregnant and positive often comes with its own brand of stigma.
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.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The long road to male circumcision
8 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Looking to get circumcised to reduce your risk of HIV infection? If you’re living in Southern Africa, you might have a long wait until services become more widely available.
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.
SWAZILAND: ARV programme needs to double
3 December 2008 (PlusNews ), The release of revised projections indicating that twice as many HIV-positive Swazis are in need of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs than was previously thought has highlighted the urgent need for government to iron out problems in its treatment programme.
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.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV laws put women in the line of fire
1 December 2008 (PlusNews ), A woman in Malawi left her husband after years of abuse. He found her and raped her, an act not criminalised in Malawi when it occurs within marriage. The woman later tested positive for HIV and discovered that her husband had known his HIV-positive status for some time.
SWAZILAND: Vincent Mdluli, "HIV has ended more romances than anything else"
1 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Vincent Mdluli, 24, lives in Manzini, Swaziland, and works as a carpenter's assistant. He told IRIN/PlusNews what happened when he found out his girlfriend was HIV positive, and how the discovery changed his life.
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.
SWAZILAND: Thembe Manana: "Even without HIV, life would be very hard"
5 November 2008 (PlusNews ), Thembe Manana, 40, left her job as a domestic worker in South Africa and returned to her village in Swaziland 10 years ago to care for her mother and children. She talked to IRIN/PlusNews about her struggle with HIV and surviving in a country stricken by drought and poverty.
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.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Is the pen mightier than the virus?
16 October 2008 (PlusNews ), Isn't it time that journalists started taking HIV/AIDS beyond the newsroom and into the bedroom? In many newsrooms the highly politicised topic of HIV/AIDS remains just that - political. Journalists aren't immune to HIV/AIDS; they just don't talk about it.
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.
SWAZILAND: Treatment programme woes
18 September 2008 (PlusNews ), Shortages of antiretroviral (ARV) and other drugs in public health facilities in Swaziland have been among a long list of grievances cited by protesters during several weeks of unprecedented political unrest ahead of parliamentary polls on Friday.
SWAZILAND: "We are dying, they are flying!"
22 August 2008 (PlusNews ), Several hundred Swazis, including people living with HIV, marched on 21 August to highlight the need for government to prioritise funding to alleviate the humanitarian crises in the country.
SWAZILAND: Winile Mngometulu:"They are all gone, I am the one survivor"
18 August 2008 (PlusNews ), One of two wives, Winile Mngometulu, 32, was tested for HIV in 2002 after her husband's death. Mngometulu now works for the Swaziland AIDS Support (AIS) organisation, helping HIV-positive people come to terms with their status. She told IRIN/PlusNews of her experience.
SWAZILAND: Pregnant women still struggle to prevent HIV
17 July 2008 (PlusNews ), Larger numbers of pregnant women living with HIV in Swaziland can now access services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, but activists and health officials say more emphasis should have been placed on quality rather than quantity.
SWAZILAND: Siphiwe Hlope, "Today women are so courageous"
14 July 2008 (PlusNews ), Siphiwe Hlope is a pioneer. She was one of the first Swazi women to publicly declare her HIV status, in 2001, at a time when stigma against people living with the virus was intense. She went on to form Swazis for Positive Living (SWAPOL) to advocate awareness and the rights of HIV-positive people in a country with an adult HIV-prevalence rate of 26 percent, the world's highest.

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