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SOUTH AFRICA: Latest survey records possible HIV decline
11 June 2007 (PlusNews ), HIV prevalence in South Africa appears to have stabilised and may even be declining, according to the latest figures in the government's 2006 National HIV and Syphilis Survey.
SOUTH AFRICA: No easy way to lower teen pregnancies
11 June 2007 (PlusNews ), After six months of dating, Tumi [not her real name], 17, is running out of reasons why she can't have sex with her boyfriend, a fellow 10th grader at her school in Athlone, a poor suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA: "If you don't get love at home, you tend to find it elsewhere"
11 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Olivia Mboma is 18-years-old and has a 21-month-old baby. About 10 girls a year at her school in the Athlone area of Cape Town become mothers. She spoke to PlusNews about some of the reasons why.
SOUTH AFRICA: Health sector crisis hampers AIDS treatment
8 June 2007 (PlusNews ), South Africa's government has set a target of treating 80 percent of the estimated 500,000 people in need of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs by 2011, despite a severe human resource shortage.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS response turns a corner
8 June 2007 (PlusNews ), The third South African AIDS conference came to a close in Durban on Friday with what conference chair, Dr Olive Shisana, described as an unparelleled display of unity.
SOUTH AFRICA: To circumcise or not to circumcise?
7 June 2007 (PlusNews ), A heated debate at South Africa's third AIDS conference had delegates grappling with the question: should the country introduce a mass circumcision programme?
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS conference opens with new hope
6 June 2007 (PlusNews ), South Africa's third national AIDS conference opened in Durban on Tuesday with expressions of cautious optimism that the national response to the epidemic had a better chance of succeeding than ever before.
SOUTH AFRICA: New prevention strategies - from research to reality
6 June 2007 (PlusNews ), From male circumcision to vaccines, technologies old and new are being explored in the HIV/AIDS response, in the hope that science will complement attempts to alter human behaviour. But speakers at South Africa's third national AIDS conference highlighted the many questions that remain unanswered regarding these promising new technologies and interventions.
SOUTH AFRICA: Drug users neglected in AIDS response
6 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing an alarming growth in injecting drugs users, and South Africa is no exception, delegates attending the third South African AIDS conference heard on Wednesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Bottlenecks still hindering children's treatment and prevention
5 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Hard work and creative solutions, not magic bullets, are needed if South Africa is to achieve its targets to treat children infected by the virus, delegates heard ahead of the third national AIDS conference, which kicked off on Tuesday in the port city of Durban.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS messages leave San community behind
31 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Sofia is propped against the wall of her two-roomed home, wrapped in a blanket, trying to warm herself in the weak, winter sun. Many of her neighbours in this recently built township, about 15km outside Kimberley, in South Africa's Northern Cape Province are doing the same.
SOUTH AFRICA: Second helping of ARVs no longer an issue
9 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Access to second-line antiretroviral (ARV) therapy in developing countries could become more widely available after former US president Bill Clinton unveiled a new venture earlier this week.
SOUTH AFRICA: Reaching out to women caught in sex industry
2 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Esselen Street Clinic, in Johannesburg's edgy, bustling inner-city suburb of Hillbrow, houses the only health centre in Johannesburg offering medical care aimed at sex workers.
SOUTH AFRICA: Cost bars crucial vaccine from HIV-positive kids
23 April 2007 (PlusNews ), Prohibitive costs are preventing an important vaccine from reaching an estimated 260 children born with HIV daily in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA: New study explores drugs and HIV link
18 April 2007 (PlusNews ), A new study is to put the relationship between illegal drug use and risky sex patterns in South Africa in the spotlight for the first time.
SOUTH AFRICA: New drug could help patients resistant to existing ARVs
5 April 2007 (PlusNews ), A new HIV drug has shown promising results when used in conjunction with existing combination therapy and could increase the options for those developing resistance to treatment.
SOUTH AFRICA: Celebrating Life: Memory Work in the era of ARVs
4 April 2007 (PlusNews ), Thembela Gwenxane had just been given three months to live when she started putting together her memory box. It had taken her three years to confront her HIV positive status, and when she finally began taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and experienced violent reactions to the medication, she thought her time had come.
SOUTH AFRICA: "But how could it be TB?"
23 March 2007 (PlusNews ), Fear of stigma and ignorance still prevents scores of South Africans from seeking early diagnosis and treatment for tuberculosis (TB), even if the drugs are now more freely available from the public health system.
SOUTH AFRICA: Activists welcome ambitious new AIDS plan
15 March 2007 (PlusNews ), South Africa's new five-year AIDS battle plan entered the final stage of a lengthy drafting and consultative process this week.
SOUTH AFRICA: PEPFAR scores well on AIDS treatment
14 March 2007 (PlusNews ), The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a multibillion-dollar US effort to tackle HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean, is making strides, but its future sustainability is an underlying concern for recipients.

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