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HIV/AIDS: WHO issues guidelines on PrEP
20 July 2012 (PlusNews ), Days after US officials gave unprecedented approval for the use of an antiretroviral drug by HIV-negative people to reduce the risk of their acquiring the HI virus, the World Health Organization has issued guidance to governments on so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis.
AFRICA: Domestic investment in HIV up but uneven
19 July 2012 (PlusNews ), Many sub-Saharan African nations - traditionally the beneficiaries of international HIV funding - are gradually increasing their financial contributions to the fight against the virus, boosting the number of people on treatment to record highs according to a new UNAIDS report, Together We Will End AIDS, released on 18 July.
UGANDA: A timeline of events affecting LGBTI
11 July 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda has made international headlines in recent years for its strong anti-homosexuality stance, but health experts have warned that more must be done to include LGBTI in HIV prevention services. IRIN has put together a short timeline of key events in the struggle for their inclusion.
UGANDA: New LGBTI clinic faces fierce government criticism
11 July 2012 (PlusNews ), Gay rights activists have opened Uganda's first clinic for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the capital, Kampala, where it will provide testing, counselling and treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
UGANDA: MDR-TB treatment kicks off
3 July 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's Health Ministry has begun rolling out its first treatment programme for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and expects to treat some 250 confirmed cases of the disease.
UGANDA: Money for 100,000 new ARV patients in the budget
19 June 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's Ministry of Health will enrol 100,000 more people infected with HIV on life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment in the 2012/13 financial year, Minister of Finance Maria Kiwanuka announced in her budget speech on 14 June.
UGANDA: Government should support new workplace HIV policy
13 June 2012 (PlusNews ), The government needs to actively support a recently launched East Africa HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy or it will not achieve the goals of fighting stigma and promoting non-discrimination in the public sector.
UGANDA: Supply the main challenge in male circumcision
30 May 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's campaign to encourage male circumcision - part of its effort to reduce HIV transmission - has attracted an enthusiastic response, but the bigger challenge is rallying resources so the health system can meet the demand for circumcision before it wanes.
UGANDA: Rising ARV resistance threatens HIV fight
22 May 2012 (PlusNews ), The prevalence of drug-resistant HIV strains in Uganda has risen from 8.6 percent to 12 percent in the last five years, one of the highest rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a recent study.
UGANDA: Combining safe riding on a motorcycle taxi with safe sex
3 May 2012 (PlusNews ), It's Saturday night and Jaffari Musoke*, who rides a 'boda boda' - motorcycle taxi - arrives at his regular stage, or departure point, near several hotels in Kampala, the Ugandan capital. He has an easy camaraderie with the sex workers who hang around the hotels, taking many of them home after a night's work. Sometimes he mixes business with pleasure.
UGANDA: Inadequate healthcare and rising HIV prevalence in Karamoja
30 April 2012 (PlusNews ), The nomadic Karimojong ethnic group, once regarded as a low-risk HIV population because regional instability in northeastern Uganda and strong adherence to their culture kept them relatively isolated, have not been a priority on the country's HIV agenda, but recent statistics show prevalence among this community is now 5.8 percent, up from 3.5 percent five years ago.
EAST AFRICA: Regional HIV Bill passed without criminalization clause
27 April 2012 (PlusNews ), East Africa's Legislative Assembly has passed a regional HIV/AIDS Bill that seeks to protect the rights of people living with HIV and harmonize regional legislation and policy on the prevention and treatment of HIV.
AFRICA: Co-trimoxazole discontinuation linked to increased malaria
11 April 2012 (PlusNews ), Abruptly discontinuing co-trimoxazole - an antibiotic used to prevent opportunistic infections in HIV-positive people - can lead to a higher incidence of malaria and diarrhoea compared with patients who keep on taking the drug, a new study has found.
UGANDA: Deaf demand inclusion in HIV programmes
2 April 2012 (PlusNews ), Leaders of the deaf community in Uganda say the government's HIV programmes have failed them because their special needs are not taken into consideration.
UGANDA: HIV services in western refugee camps overwhelmed
29 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Health workers manning five health centres in two refugee camps in the southwestern Ugandan district of Isingiro say they are overwhelmed by the high number of refugees and local residents in need of HIV services.
UGANDA: Senior health officials suspended amid TB drug shortage
23 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's Minister of Health, Christine Ondoa, has suspended several senior health officials, including the managers of the national HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis programmes, for poor performance and drug shortages.
UGANDA: Higher HIV rate cause for concern
21 March 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has risen from 6.4 percent to 6.7 percent, according to a recently released national AIDS Indicator Survey.
AFRICA: Snake oil salesmen and dodgy HIV "cures"
19 January 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's National Drug Authority recently arrested sales representatives of a company selling a drug that purports to cure HIV; the firm's owners are not licensed to sell medicine and are being sought by the police.
UGANDA: Challenging plan to eliminate mother-to-child transmission
15 December 2011 (PlusNews ), A plan to virtually eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Uganda by 2015 by adopting a more cost-effective treatment regimen, beefing up health infrastructure and increasing women's access to family planning, comes with high expectations and significant challenges.
HIV/AIDS: Depression "overlooked" in treating HIV patients
7 December 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV patients in Africa frequently suffer shame and depression but the continent’s health systems are ill-equipped to handle the issue, which not only affects their quality of life, but can lead to poor adherence to HIV treatment regimens.

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