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GLOBAL: Economic crisis no excuse to cut funds - UN
17 June 2009 (PlusNews ), International donors must continue meeting their commitments to HIV/AIDS, even in the face of the economic downturn, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged.
GLOBAL: Promising new drug to treat TB
17 June 2009 (PlusNews ), For the first time in nearly half a century, the world may be on the verge of adding a new drug to its arsenal against tuberculosis (TB) – one that would not only drastically improve the treatment of TB and its multidrug-resistant strains, but also shorten it.
GLOBAL: Earlier ARV treatment saves lives
10 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Findings from a clinical trial in Haiti bring the first conclusive evidence that HIV-positive people in developing countries have a significantly better chance of survival if they start antiretroviral (ARV) treatment earlier.
GLOBAL: HIV, the silent partner in emergencies
10 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Food aid and plastic sheeting are the hallmarks of every disaster, but not always condoms and antiretrovirals, even though humanitarian agencies recognize the link between emergencies and the increased risk of HIV and AIDS.
UGANDA: Tough times for HIV-positive students
4 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Twice a day Charity Lapolo*, 15, a student in the northern Ugandan district of Gulu, sneaks away to take her life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs, terrified that other students will find out she is HIV positive.
GLOBAL: Basic healthcare crucial to beating HIV, study
27 May 2009 (PlusNews ), Providing HIV prevention, care and treatment services at well-equipped local clinics could be the key to success in fighting the pandemic in the developing world, a new report by the international anti-poverty NGO, ActionAid, has said.
UGANDA: MPs recommend slashing ARV budget allocation
22 May 2009 (PlusNews ), Ugandan HIV activists have expressed concern over a recommendation by parliament's budget committee that the allocation for antiretroviral (ARV) drugs be cut.
UGANDA: Murder highlights need for protective legislation
21 May 2009 (PlusNews ), On the night of 13 May, in the northern Ugandan district of Gulu, Christine Atuk was woken by piercing screams coming from the neighbouring hut where her daughter was sleeping. "I peeped through the window and saw a huge ball of fire burning her hut," she recalled.
GLOBAL: Obama expands health agenda, but not funding
8 May 2009 (PlusNews ), At a time when many Americans are preoccupied with the economic crisis on their doorsteps, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve US$63 billion for global health over the next six years.
GLOBAL: Economic downturn puts treatment of millions at risk
29 April 2009 (PlusNews ), After months of speculation about how the global economic downturn might affect HIV/AIDS programmes, a new World Bank report details the projected aftermath of the crisis and how it could place the treatment of more than 1.7 million at risk by year's end.
UGANDA: HIV-positive IDPs struggle as food aid dries up
21 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Stella Aceng, a mother of 10 living in Gulu district, northern Uganda, recently left the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) that had been her home for the past 20 years and moved back to the village where she spent her childhood, but it has been a less than happy homecoming.
GLOBAL: Real men don’t cry – or do they?
20 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Men don't cry. Men take risks. Men don't ask for help. Men are strong. Men have many sexual partners. These stereotypes of masculinity are contributing to the spread of HIV throughout the world, experts warned at a recent symposium on men and boys.
UGANDA: Drug shortages raise resistance risk
16 April 2009 (PlusNews ), People living with HIV in Uganda's northern region are facing critical shortages of essential medicines.
UGANDA: Joyce Acen, "I hated my mother ... she forced me to marry that man
9 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Joyce Acen, now 25 and the mother of two children, lives in Kitgum district, northern Uganda. Eight years ago, shortly after she completed her Ordinary Level exams - the first level at which students are allowed to leave school in the British education system - her mother forced her to marry a man more than twice her age.
GLOBAL: Prevention the best medicine for TB
26 March 2009 (PlusNews ), Findings from an ongoing South African study into preventative tuberculosis (TB) therapy suggest that prevention really may be the best medicine.
UGANDA: Low awareness hinders TB diagnosis and treatment
24 March 2009 (PlusNews ), About half of Uganda's TB patients do not know that they could be infected, which has led to very low levels of diagnosis and treatment.
GLOBAL: TB and HIV co-infection crisis a bigger threat
24 March 2009 (PlusNews ), One in four tuberculosis (TB) deaths in the world is HIV-related, twice as many as previously thought, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
UGANDA: Catching more than fish
12 March 2009 (PlusNews ), Ugandan researchers are conducting the first study to find workable HIV interventions to help the country's highly vulnerable fishing communities.
GLOBAL: Rape survivors need better emergency care - MSF
9 March 2009 (PlusNews ), People who have suffered sexual violence in countries facing humanitarian crises need much more accessible, comprehensive and confidential care than is currently available, says a new report by the international medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
GLOBAL: HIV incidence rising in 50+ age group
3 March 2009 (PlusNews ), The number of older people with HIV may be increasing worldwide, but doctors seldom consider screening them for HIV, thus delaying diagnosis, according to an article in the World Health Organisation's March Bulletin.

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