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HIV/AIDS: A deadly funding crisis
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), This World AIDS Day on 1 Dec should have been a much more joyous event: the global HIV/AIDS response has turned a significant corner, with record numbers of people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and fewer new HIV infections. But the announcement by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, cancelling its next funding round, has cast a shadow over any celebrations and highlighted the precarious nature of HIV/AIDS funding.
HIV/AIDS: Feeling the pinch
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), Faced with the global economic downturn and less money from donors, national HIV programmes in East and Southern Africa - the region hardest hit by HIV/AIDS - are struggling to stay afloat. IRIN/PlusNews brings you a wrap of countries feeling the biggest pinch.
UGANDA: No money to implement new prevention strategies
30 November 2011 (PlusNews ), Uganda is keen to implement new policies to put more people on life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment sooner, as recent scientific breakthroughs indicate would be much more beneficial, but officials say the country's poor financial outlook means there is little chance of this.
UGANDA: Once upon an epidemic
17 November 2011 (PlusNews ), Like many classic stories, Vumi's starts with a chance encounter that takes him far from home where the Ugandan primary school student is tempted by alcohol, cigarettes and sex. What happens next is just one story told as part of a locally produced series of 12 children's books on HIV.
UGANDA: Lack of resources, political will slows male circumcision progress
31 October 2011 (PlusNews ), Ugandan men have been seeking medical male circumcision in droves since the government launched a national policy in 2010, but the health system is not equipped to handle the caseload, slowing down the potential HIV prevention benefits of the campaign.
UGANDA: Veteran activists disillusioned with direction of HIV response
18 October 2011 (PlusNews ), Some of Uganda's most active campaigners in its 30-year fight against HIV are losing faith in the government's ability to effectively counter the epidemic as the country struggles to provide treatment and prevent more than 100,000 new infections every year.
UGANDA: Calls for inclusion of MSM in new HIV strategy
26 August 2011 (PlusNews ), A new national HIV/AIDS strategic plan for Uganda is due to be finalized before the year's end, and gay rights activists are urging its authors to break with tradition and, for the first time, provide for programming for men who have sex with men.
UGANDA: MP to persevere with anti-homosexuality bill
17 May 2011 (PlusNews ), Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and HIV Prevention and Control Bill are likely to be carried over to the new session of parliament, despite international and local pressure.
HIV/AIDS: ARVs as prevention must move quickly "from science to action"
13 May 2011 (PlusNews ), A landmark study showing major reductions in HIV transmission among discordant couples due to early treatment may fail to have a significant impact on HIV prevention unless governments and donors are willing to turn the science into action, HIV advocates say.
UGANDA: Sex workers pay the price for HIV prevention gaps
9 May 2011 (PlusNews ), Uganda is short on data on HIV among the country's sex workers, but a new study shows that in the capital, Kampala, HIV prevalence among female sex workers could be more than four times the city's average prevalence.
UGANDA: As food prices bite, HIV-positive people turn to kitchen gardens
21 April 2011 (PlusNews ), The small 10m by 15m garden behind Agnes Oroma's house in northern Uganda's Gulu district is much more than a hobby garden; according to HIV-positive Oroma, it is one of the main reasons she is in good health.
UGANDA: Educator, counsellor, nurse - the many roles of a teacher
15 April 2011 (PlusNews ), Every school morning, Geoffrey Ocira stops his lessons for half an hour, rushing to his office to give his HIV-positive students their antiretroviral medication.
UGANDA: IDPs hit by ARV shortages, poor HIV care in the north
22 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Internally displaced people in northern Uganda face a difficult choice - whether to return to their ancestral villages or stay in camps hoping for better access to healthcare, as antiretroviral (ARV) drugs are in short supply.
UGANDA: ART reduces HIV transmission in discordant couples - study
17 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Antiretroviral treatment significantly reduces the risk of HIV transmission between married couples where one partner is infected and the other is not, according to a recent study in Uganda.
UGANDA: Cash crunch delays shift to WHO-recommended PMTCT regimen
25 February 2011 (PlusNews ), A shortage of money means Uganda is unlikely to shift its prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes to a more efficient UN World Health Organization regimen soon, say government officials.
UGANDA: Pushing HIV on to presidential candidates' agenda
16 February 2011 (PlusNews ), Civil society activists say Uganda's presidential candidates have not placed sufficient emphasis on how they plan to tackle the epidemic should they come into office, despite rising HIV prevalence and huge funding problems.
UGANDA: Can "love wheel" stop infidelity in marriage?
9 February 2011 (PlusNews ), Spin the wheel and get a tip to spoil your better half; spend more time together or go out for a romantic evening: A new Ugandan HIV prevention programme hopes a "love wheel" will encourage couples to seek excitement within their own marriages rather than in the arms outsiders.
AFRICA: Need for systematic HIV drug resistance testing
8 February 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV is a tough enough diagnosis, but when one contracts a strain of HIV resistant to some life-prolonging medicines, treatment options are limited. A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.
UGANDA: Murder of gay activist "needs urgent investigation"
27 January 2011 (PlusNews ), Gay Ugandans say they are living in fear after the murder of David Kato, a prominent gay activist who opposed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill submitted to parliament in 2009.
UGANDA: Desperately seeking condoms in the north
18 January 2011 (PlusNews ), For the third month running, men and women seeking condoms at local health centres in some northern Ugandan districts have found empty dispensers. Health workers warn that the continuing shortage could affect regional HIV prevention efforts.

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