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GLOBAL: New insight into HI-virus
27 February 2009 (PlusNews ), New research has revealed the extent and speed at which the HI virus can adapt to overcome the body's own evolving defence systems.
UGANDA: Ditched female condom makes a comeback
12 February 2009 (PlusNews ), The female condom has resurfaced in Uganda's prevention programme almost one and a half years after the government halted distribution of the prophylactic due to poor uptake by women.
UGANDA: Christine Akello, "I pray that a health centre is brought nearer our village"
11 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who sought refuge in camps in northern Uganda are returning to their villages, but those living with HIV are now experiencing greater difficulty accessing healthcare and medication. Christine Akello told IRIN/PlusNews her story.
GLOBAL: Optimistic UNAIDS sets ambitious goals
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Wearing an orange "HIV Positive" t-shirt, the new executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, this week outlined his vision for the UN agency at the Ubuntu Clinic in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa.
GLOBAL: A glimmer of hope for microbicide research
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), After years of disappointments, AIDS researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
GLOBAL: Global Fund facing shortfall
6 February 2009 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which supplies one-quarter of all AIDS funding, is facing a funding gap of US$5 billion.
UGANDA: New research shows support for medical male circumcision
2 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Most men and women in Uganda support medical male circumcision as a way of lowering HIV risk, and up to 62 percent of uncircumcised men would consider being circumcised, a new study has found.
UGANDA: Will saying no to ARV donations end distribution problems?
21 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Rejecting life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication seems like an odd thing to do in a country where only about half the people who need the drugs have access to them, but that is exactly what Uganda's National Medical Stores (NMS), the government's main supplier, has resolved to do to.
GLOBAL: A new and improved PEPFAR under Obama?
21 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Hopes are high that the change promised by incoming US President Barack Obama will extend to his foreign policy, but for more than two million people living with HIV, mainly in Africa, the changing of the guard at the White House may elicit mixed feelings.
UGANDA: Angela Asiimwe, "If I tell them, they will chase me away"
14 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Angela Asiimwe*, 29, took part in a recent HIV testing campaign in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. She shared the results of her test, and her feelings about the future, with IRIN/PlusNews.
UGANDA: Edith Nabomba: "They think my baby will be sick...I think this too"
12 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Edith Nabomba is serving a six-month sentence at Luzira Prison in a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. The prison holds 5,000 prisoners, of which 230 are women. She told IRIN/PlusNews how she was coping with being locked up, pregnant and HIV-positive.
RWANDA-UGANDA: Joash Runga, "I sleep with my wife and my girlfriend, that's all"
7 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Joash Runga, 44, a long-distance trucker, is spending the night at the Rwanda-Uganda border town of Katuna. At the end of a hard day's drive, he likes nothing better than to kick back in one of the local bars and have a cold beer. He talked to IRIN/PlusNews about the dangers of the road and his belief that having one girlfriend instead of many reduced his chances of contracting HIV.
UGANDA: Sheikh Muhamad Kibudde, "Amongst Muslims...there is a conspiracy of silence on HIV"
5 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Sheikh Muhamad Kibudde, 43, is the deputy imam of Masjid Takwa in Kitende on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda. Two years ago, he tested positive for HIV and a year later surprised everyone by taking to the road to speak about AIDS and his own HIV status to fellow Muslims.
UGANDA: Poor TB management in the north heightens resistance risk
5 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Christopher Odong coughs incessantly in his bed in the tuberculosis ward of a hospital in the northern Ugandan district of Gulu. Diagnosed with TB six months ago, Odong did not complete his initial course of treatment and has developed a resistant form of the disease.
UGANDA: Rising infections demand new prevention approach
15 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Nearly two decades after Uganda managed, with meagre resources, to drastically reduce its HIV prevalence, the rate of new infections is rising again, despite significant amounts being spent on prevention.
GLOBAL: Overworked and under-protected
4 December 2008 (PlusNews ), While healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa struggle to deal with unmanageable workloads resulting from HIV/AIDS, a new study has found that their needs are being neglected.
GLOBAL: Tailor prevention programmes, says UNAIDS
2 December 2008 (PlusNews ), As the global financial crisis raises the spectre of cutbacks in AIDS funding, countries need to start being more strategic about how they spend their AIDS budgets.
GLOBAL: Planes, trains and travel bans
28 November 2008 (PlusNews ), In 2002, illicit arms dealer Aleksic Jovan flew more than 200 tons of weapons in war-torn Liberia, contributing to a conflict estimated to have killed about 250,000 people. Years ago, Linda Kisuna’s husband contracted a sexually transmitted disease. What do they have in common? Both Jovan and Kisuna's husband have been denied entry to countries across the world.
UGANDA: 'One million to test' campaign logs first victory
27 November 2008 (PlusNews ), More than 1,000 people were recently tested for HIV at a busy marketplace in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, kicking off a nationwide drive that aims to help at least 20,000 people across the country know their status.
GLOBAL: Universal HIV testing could eliminate HIV within a decade - WHO
27 November 2008 (PlusNews ), Universal HIV testing and immediate antiretroviral (ARV) drugs could reduce new infections in high-prevalence countries by as much as 95 percent within ten years, according to a new study by scientists from the UN World Health Organisation (WHO).

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