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SOUTH AFRICA: Lives lost as state coffers run dry
25 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Last week, regulars at the HIV treatment clinic at Pelonomi hospital, in Bloemfontein, capital of South Africa's Free State Province, would have told you that the clinic has never been this quiet.
LESOTHO-SOUTH AFRICA: Cross-border health crisis hits mineworkers
19 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Two years ago Mopeli Mofoka, 39, left his wife and child in Maseru, Lesotho's capital, and joined the more than 50,000 men pushed by poverty and unemployment in their home country to seek work on mines in neighbouring 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: 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: 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.
SOUTH AFRICA: Court victory for HIV positive inmates
2 February 2009 (PlusNews ), As part of an ongoing battle to secure antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for South Africa's HIV-positive inmates, the AIDS lobby group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), has gained access to a controversial report that may shed light on whether or not treatment delays are still costing lives in South African prisons.
SOUTH AFRICA: Fikile Mabuza, "I would love to have another baby - I would love to have twins!"
28 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Fikile Mabuza*, a young woman living in Johannesburg, South Africa, found out she was HIV-positive in 1998. She is about to get married to her high school sweetheart. Having been together for so long, her fiancé – who is HIV-negative – wasn't surprised when Mabuza said she was pregnant.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV pregnancy, stigma and ignorance
26 January 2009 (PlusNews ), For many women, pregnancy is a time of anticipation and celebration, but for those living positively it can be frustrating when their status – and not their pregnancy – takes centre stage. Being pregnant and positive often comes with its own brand of stigma.
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.
SOUTH AFRICA: Edwin Smith, "No one talked about what killed my sister nor the ravages AIDS is causing"
2 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Edwin Smith had helped raise his younger sister when she was a baby, carrying her on his back to underground anti-apartheid meetings, but the two had grown apart as adults. Smith has written about the silence that surrounded her death from AIDS-related illnesses, including multi-drug resistant TB. He shared an excerpt with IRIN/PlusNews.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The long road to male circumcision
8 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Looking to get circumcised to reduce your risk of HIV infection? If you’re living in Southern Africa, you might have a long wait until services become more widely available.
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.
SOUTH AFRICA: Global Fund money gets stuck with health department
3 December 2008 (PlusNews ), South Africa's Department of Health has failed to channel US$3.9 million in donor money to 13 HIV/AIDS organisations, leaving them underfunded.
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.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV laws put women in the line of fire
1 December 2008 (PlusNews ), A woman in Malawi left her husband after years of abuse. He found her and raped her, an act not criminalised in Malawi when it occurs within marriage. The woman later tested positive for HIV and discovered that her husband had known his HIV-positive status for some time.
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.
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).
GLOBAL: We can save more babies, say researchers
20 November 2008 (PlusNews ), A ground-breaking South African study has provided the first hard evidence that treating HIV-positive babies with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines from as early as six weeks dramatically improves their chances of survival.
SOUTH AFRICA: Money delayed is ARVs denied
19 November 2008 (PlusNews ), South Africa's newly sworn-in Health Minister, Barbara Hogan, came head-to-head with her first real crisis when antiretroviral (ARV) treatment was withheld from hundreds of people in Free State Province. Some may give her an "A" for effort, but others say the health department's response is way off mark.
SOUTH AFRICA: Thousands of lives lost in treatment delays
7 November 2008 (PlusNews ), A new study estimates that more than 330,000 HIV-positive South Africans lost their lives between 2000 and 2005 as a direct result of government delays in rolling out a treatment programme.

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