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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: On the job, on treatment?
7 November 2008 (PlusNews ), On paper, South Africa has some of the world's best HIV workplace programmes, but on the ground they just aren't adding up.
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.
GLOBAL: Falling foul of the Fund
4 November 2008 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was formed in 2001 for the purpose of setting up an innovative approach to providing finance to combat the three diseases that kill more than six million people worldwide every year.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Is the pen mightier than the virus?
16 October 2008 (PlusNews ), Isn't it time that journalists started taking HIV/AIDS beyond the newsroom and into the bedroom? In many newsrooms the highly politicised topic of HIV/AIDS remains just that - political. Journalists aren't immune to HIV/AIDS; they just don't talk about it.
SOUTH AFRICA: Rapid HIV tests not infallible
6 October 2008 (PlusNews ), The reliability of HIV diagnoses obtained from finger prick tests has come into question with the recall of a brand of rapid HIV test kits used at public testing sites in two South African provinces.
SOUTH AFRICA: New health minister to champion AIDS treatment
2 October 2008 (PlusNews ), South Africa's new health minister, Barbara Hogan, has listed the twin epidemics of HIV and TB as among the most serious health challenges facing the country.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Skipping class, skipping treatment
30 September 2008 (PlusNews ), Adjusting to college or university life can be rough – moving into residence, living with roommates, balancing academic demands with those of a social life. Now try taking your antiretroviral (ARV) medication without the whole world knowing you're positive, and things get even more complicated. Disclosing to fellow students and lecturers can help, but is by no means a cure-all.
SOUTH AFRICA-ZIMBABWE: Gift Mangwende: "I resolved to create relationships that were not that strong"
26 September 2008 (PlusNews ), Gift Mangwende was diagnosed with HIV less than a year before starting his first year at the University of Zimbabwe in 2004. Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment brought him back from what he described as "a point of no return", but trying to take the drugs without his new classmates and lecturers noticing put his newly regained health at risk.
SOUTH AFRICA: New health minister has work cut out for her
26 September 2008 (PlusNews ), South Africa's newly appointed health minister, Barbara Hogan, has inherited an unenviable to-do list from outgoing minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, but AIDS activists are optimistic that she is up to the job.
GLOBAL: Leadership determines AIDS performance
25 September 2008 (PlusNews ), As South Africa prepared to swear in a new president on 25 September after the dramatic ousting of Thabo Mbeki four days before, attempts by commentators to summarise the former president's mixed legacy have not failed to mention his controversial stance on AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: ARV and TB drugs taken together halve deaths
19 September 2008 (PlusNews ), Combining antiretroviral (ARV) therapy with treatment for tuberculosis (TB) could more than halve the current mortality rate among patients co-infected with HIV and TB, saving an estimated 10,000 lives a year in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA: Questions about new prevalence survey
9 September 2008 (PlusNews ), Several prominent demographers and scientists have vigorously refuted Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's claim that South Africa's HIV epidemic is declining and that the country "may be making some real progress in its response to the HIV epidemic".
SOUTH AFRICA: The less shiny side of platinum
27 August 2008 (PlusNews ), South Africa's mining houses have received kudos for being among the earliest industries to adopt workplace policies and corporate social responsibility programmes mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: Thembi Maboyana: "Most people were dying alone in the shacks"
25 August 2008 (PlusNews ), Thembi Maboyana is a home-based caregiver who works for a community-based HIV/AIDS programme called Tapologo in Rustenberg, in South Africa's North West Province. She talked to IRIN/PlusNews about life in Freedom Park, an informal settlement that has sprung up next to one of the area's platinum mines.
SOUTH AFRICA: Hope in a shipping container clinic
25 August 2008 (PlusNews ), When Margaret Ndinisa came to Freedom Park, the inappropriately named squatter camp that surrounds Impala Platinum mine in South Africa's North West Province, the settlement consisted of little more than a few shacks which the police regularly dismantled.
SOUTH AFRICA: Bishop Kevin Dowling: "The best available means we have to protect life is the condom"
21 August 2008 (PlusNews ), Kevin Dowling is the Catholic Bishop of Rustenberg, a mining town in South Africa's North West Province surrounded by informal settlements, where as many as 50 percent of pregnant women test positive for HIV.
SOUTH AFRICA: Alarm over drug recalls
12 August 2008 (PlusNews ), A packaging error by a factory worker a year ago has led to a nationwide recall of two types of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs manufactured by Adcock Ingram, a major supplier of ARV medicines to the private and public sectors.
SOUTH AFRICA: How safe is traditional circumcision?
4 August 2008 (PlusNews ), When Steve Matlhabela, 16, left his home on a chilly June morning to visit some relatives in a village not far from his in the rolling hills outside the town of Tzaneen, in South Africa's Limpopo Province, he didn't expect that it would be a month before he returned.

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