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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.
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.
THAILAND: New report punctures AIDS prevention image
30 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Thailand has excluded injecting drug users (IDUs) from HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes, rejecting proven strategies that can cut HIV transmission and save lives, a new study says.
MYANMAR: HIV does not recognise traditions
27 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Zar Zar's husband was a womaniser. Throughout their five years of marriage he was a regular in the brothels around the city of Rangoon in Myanmar (Burma), drank heavily, was violent, and more than once gave her a sexually transmitted infection.
THAILAND: Migrant workers unprotected and uninformed
12 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Seven years ago, in her small Myanmar hometown, Tha Zin, 30, a garment factory worker, watched as one of her closest friends - a girl just a few years younger - sickened and finally died of an AIDS-related illness.
GLOBAL: Women want a bigger piece of the funding pie
10 July 2007 (PlusNews ), After burning the midnight oil for many weeks while preparing a US$50 million gender-based project proposal to lay before the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, Swazi activists found that it had vanished from their country's grant application. They were dumbfounded.
GLOBAL: Global forum for women with HIV
5 July 2007 (PlusNews ), AIDS does not only travel with truckers along African highways; it flies business class with men in dark suits, crawls into marriages and lurks in playgrounds. It smiles at you every day at work and, disproportionately, affects African women and girls because of gender inequalities.
THAILAND: A new model for the sex business
22 January 2007 (PlusNews ), Amid the karaoke bars and beer pubs of a 'designated entertainment area' in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai, the 'Can Do' Bar stands out for its brightly-coloured décor, large open windows that that allow passers-by to peer inside, and a sign describing it as an "experitainment" venue.
THAILAND: Burmese migrants excluded from AIDS treatment
15 January 2007 (PlusNews ), Zaw, 30, from Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar (Burma), came to Thailand eight years ago in search of job opportunities unavailable in his impoverished homeland. He found work on construction sites and, more recently, in a sawmill in Khao Lak, a beautiful coastal area where new hotels have been springing up in response to Thailand's booming tourist industry.
THAILAND: Government to break patent on key AIDS drug
4 December 2006 (PlusNews ), Thailand is to issue a compulsory licence for Merck's patented HIV/AIDS drug Efaverenz, allowing the government to cut costs of supplying the drug by a reported 50 percent, helping it meet a growing demand for treatment.
THAILAND: Refugees to get better access to HIV/AIDS drugs
4 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Thailand is considering making life-saving anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs available to refugees from Myanmar living with HIV/AIDS in camps along the Thai-Myanmar border.
THAILAND: Trade deal could threaten HIV/AIDS treatments – health experts
31 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Health professionals and activists fear a proposed bilateral trade deal between Thailand and the United States will hit the availability and price of life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs.
THAILAND: HIV rates rapidly rising among men having sex with men
16 August 2006 (PlusNews ), The number of men who have sex with men (MSM) infected with HIV in Asia is rising rapidly, a new study has found.
THAILAND: Activists want rights of HIV-positive people protected
10 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Thailand's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) wants the government to pass a bill that will protect the rights of the estimated 560,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. HIV-positive Thais often face discrimination and stigma, despite a liberal constitution.
THAILAND: Increased HIV/AIDS awareness needed - UNAIDS
7 June 2006 (PlusNews ), An overwhelming majority - 85 percent - of Thai youth do not consider HIV an issue they need to be personally concerned with, after nearly a decade without any mass public awareness campaigns on HIV/AIDS, according to a UN official.

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