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UGANDA: Child ARVs could go to waste due to low demand
10 September 2009 (PlusNews ), A large supply of paediatric antiretroviral medication donated by the Clinton Foundation could expire in Ugandan medical stores because of low demand, a senior health official says.
UGANDA: More training needed for task-shifting to work
3 September 2009 (PlusNews ), Shortages of medical staff in Uganda mean clinical officers, nurses and midwives are prescribing life-prolonging antiretroviral therapy (ART) without proper training, a new study reveals.
UGANDA: State-of-the-art lab to improve TB diagnosis, research
2 September 2009 (PlusNews ), A new laboratory in the College of Health Sciences at Uganda's Makerere University will conduct tuberculosis diagnosis and research to the highest international standards.
UGANDA: Justice slowly meted out in Global Fund corruption trials
19 August 2009 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is one of Uganda's key health partners; over the past six years it has disbursed more than US$164 million in programme grants.
UGANDA: Hungry HIV-positive patients abandon ARVs
18 August 2009 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive patients in drought-hit eastern Uganda are abandoning their anti-retroviral regimens in droves, and leaders fear that unless more food becomes available, they will soon be dealing with drug resistance and death.
UGANDA: Health ministry diverts ARV money
10 August 2009 (PlusNews ), HIV activists are demanding that Uganda's Ministry of Health refund an estimated US$15 million earmarked for purchasing antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which was instead used to buy shares in a local drug factory and pay health workers.
UGANDA: Government inquiry launched as ARV shortages blamed for deaths
31 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The government is investigating whether a nationwide shortage of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs led to the reported deaths of HIV-positive people in northern Uganda this month.
AFRICA: Male circumcision slowly taking off
23 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The World Health Organization endorsed male circumcision (MC) as an HIV-prevention measure two years ago, but implementation of large-scale male circumcision programmes has been relatively slow.
GLOBAL: Treating addiction can prevent HIV
22 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Alcohol and drug addiction are major drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of the world, but for political and ideological reasons, scientists and clinicians have tended to shy away from this area of HIV research, while governments and donors have been reluctant to fund programmes targeting addicts.
GLOBAL: Test and treat to wipe out AIDS
21 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The idea of using antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) not only to treat HIV infection but also to prevent new infections, and eventually to eradicate the virus almost entirely, is being hotly debated at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.
GLOBAL: Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy
20 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa.
GLOBAL: Scientific community urged to become activists
20 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention opened on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa, amidst reports that funding gaps and poor management are threatening supplies of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in at least six African countries.
GLOBAL: Male circumcision does not reduce partner's HIV risk
17 July 2009 (PlusNews ), New research suggests that circumcising HIV-positive men does not reduce the risk of their female partners becoming HIV-infected.
GLOBAL: Critical need for more viral load testing
16 July 2009 (PlusNews ), New research has again confirmed the importance of viral load testing, which measures the amount of HI virus in the blood, to determine whether someone on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is experiencing treatment failure and needs to be switched to a second-line drug regimen.
GLOBAL: As the money flows, so the world turns
15 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The stats are in – 2008 was a bumper year for HIV/AIDS funding, according to a new report by UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on health. It is the kind of monitoring that may prove important as the global economic slowdown continues.
GLOBAL: Standard TB vaccine could be fatal to HIV-positive babies
1 July 2009 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive babies who receive the global standard tuberculosis (TB) vaccine are at hightened risk of contracting this infectious disease, says a new study in Bulletin, a journal published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
UGANDA: HIV-positive mums struggle to find safe food for their babies
26 June 2009 (PlusNews ), The rising cost of food in northern Uganda is forcing HIV-positive new mothers to turn to risky alternatives to formula milk or exclusive breastfeeding, as recommended by health professionals.
UGANDA: Patients not diagnosed early enough - study
24 June 2009 (PlusNews ), About 40 percent of HIV-positive Ugandan patients are already ill or displaying symptoms of AIDS when they are diagnosed, a new study in the latest issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes has found.
GLOBAL: Entry, treatment, rights denied
23 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Leaving home is as risky as ever for many HIV-positive migrants, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.
UGANDA: Campaigns tackle "the complexity of sexuality
22 June 2009 (PlusNews ), New HIV prevention campaigns in Uganda are beginning to reflect the complexity of sexual relations, but experts warn they constitute only a small first step.

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