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GLOBAL: AIDS spending breaks records, but needs more focus
8 July 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS funding to low- and middle-income countries reached a record level in 2007, according to a new report by UNAIDS.
AFRICA: Mind your language - a short guide to HIV/AIDS slang
18 June 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV has hit our lives, our families, our economies; it also shapes the way we talk. IRIN/PlusNews looks at how the virus and its impact translates into everyday speech from the streets of Lagos to the townships of Johannesburg, and finds that despite the billions of dollars spent on positive communication strategies, the word on the street remains decidedly negative.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Understanding infidelity
5 June 2008 (PlusNews ), "Multiple, concurrent partnerships" has become the latest catchphrase in the HIV/AIDS lexicon. It refers to the practice of having more than one sexual partner at the same time, which experts say is a key driver of Southern Africa's devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic.
SWAZILAND: Tackling low condom use dramatically
20 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Why are condoms so unpopular? This question has baffled and discouraged health experts for a decade, but in Swaziland the mystery of why men and women refuse to use condoms is slowly being unravelled by a project that is getting Swazi men to open up about their condom use, or lack thereof.
SWAZILAND: Hannie Dlamini: "You need to trust your loved ones"
19 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Hannie Thulasiwe Dlamini is approaching 40 years of age, a feat most people in Swaziland considered impossible when he became the first person in the country to publicly declare his HIV-positive status in 1995.
SWAZILAND: Albertina Nyatsi: "You don't have to suffer in silence; you don't have to suffer at all"
22 April 2008 (PlusNews ), When Albertina Nyatsi learned she was HIV-positive, she compiled a "memory book" for her daughter. However, Albertina's positive outlook on life, and her adherence to medication and a healthy lifestyle means the book has been gathering dust for several years now. She told IRIN/PlusNews how being open about her status has helped her stay strong.
SWAZILAND: Underpaid and undervalued - caregivers go hungry
4 April 2008 (PlusNews ), Overworked and poorly paid, volunteer caregivers in Swaziland struggling to cope with the growing numbers of bedridden patients with HIV, are faced with a hard choice: to quit or go hungry.
GLOBAL: Less silence, more science could make anal sex safer
27 February 2008 (PlusNews ), The silence and taboo surrounding anal sex is putting millions of men and women at risk of HIV, delegates attending the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, heard this week.
GLOBAL: ARVs in microbicide research - keeping hope alive?
25 February 2008 (PlusNews ), After a string of depressing trial results, the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, kicked off this week with a ray of hope that new research could deliver a new generation of HIV prevention approaches for women.
SWAZILAND: Elderly caregivers get little support
25 January 2008 (PlusNews ), The widowed Gogo (SiSwati for "granny") Thwala, 72, lives a life that relies heavily on her survival skills as she single-handedly raises three grandchildren, but not a trace of resignation or despair clouds her smile.
SWAZILAND: Risky business: report sheds new light on sex trade
14 December 2007 (PlusNews ), Not much has been known about sex workers in Swaziland, but a recent report has begun to shed some light on the sex industry in a country with the highest rate of HIV infection in the world.
SWAZILAND: Business and labour fight AIDS together
16 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Ten years ago, attempts by businesses to talk about AIDS in the workplace were enough to make workers down tools. But after a decade in which Swaziland's AIDS epidemic has devastated its workforce, labour and management are finally starting to work together to reduce the spread of the disease.
SWAZILAND: Declare HIV/AIDS a "humanitarian emergency"
6 November 2007 (PlusNews ), The impact of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa, which has nine of the world's most affected countries, needs to be reassessed as a "humanitarian emergency" on its own, enabling interventions to be made timeously, a leading AIDS researcher argues in a new paper.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Women take sexual risks to feed their families
31 October 2007 (PlusNews ), Women in food insecure southern Africa are putting themselves in danger of contracting HIV in their desperation to feed themselves and their families, a new study has found.
SWAZILAND: Coping strategies wear thin in ongoing food crisis
17 October 2007 (PlusNews ), While aid agencies and the Swazi government scramble to keep a major catastrophe at bay, the mounting food crisis means more and more Swazis can only cope by drastically scaling down food intake and scouring the fields for edible weeds.
SWAZILAND: Rural clinic gives AIDS patients a lifeline
8 October 2007 (PlusNews ), Thab'sile Nkambule, 29, struggles with her breathing and endures crippling headaches, chronic diarrhoea and weakness that make carrying water from the stream to her homestead in rural Swaziland her most difficult task, yet this mother of three says she is one of the lucky ones.
SWAZILAND: Two-thirds of women beaten and abused
19 September 2007 (PlusNews ), One in every three female Swazis has experienced some form of sexual violence before turning 18, and two out of three aged 18 to 24, according to the first national survey to chart the scope of sexual and other types of violence perpetrated against women and girls.
SWAZILAND: Tradition as a force against HIV/AIDS
14 September 2007 (PlusNews ), Circumstance, rather than planning, has placed the battle against HIV/AIDS firmly in the hands of Swaziland's 355 chiefdoms.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The effect of migration on HIV rates
13 September 2007 (PlusNews ), Trying to measure the impact of the Zimbabwean exodus on HIV/AIDS rates in the region is so fraught with ifs, buts and maybes that the only reasonable assumption is that, like other migrants, economic migrants may run a higher risk of infection than they would have if they had not left their homes.
SWAZILAND: Spiralling TB cases overwhelm health sector
3 August 2007 (PlusNews ), Swazi health officials are concerned that the nearly two thirds of tuberculosis patients who do not complete their treatment could spell disaster for containing the spread of drug-resistant strains of the disease, particularly in patients co-infected with HIV.

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