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SOUTH AFRICA: Reproductive rights of HIV positive people under discussion
20 December 2006 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive Phindile Madonsela always used a condom with her partner, but one day it broke. When it had happened before, she had gone to the local clinic and obtained emergency contraception, also known as the morning-after pill, but this time she did not go because she feared the disapproving attitude of the nurses. Later she discovered she was pregnant.
SOUTH AFRICA: Positive prevention
7 December 2006 (PlusNews ), Love and sex are complicated at the best of times; adding HIV to the mix can strain the strongest relationship to breaking point.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS 'paradigm shift' in life insurance
5 December 2006 (PlusNews ), A South African firm is bringing more affordable life insurance within reach of HIV-positive people otherwise struggling with limited and costly schemes.
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV/AIDS still running amok - report
1 December 2006 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS continues to wreak havoc in South Africa, with the nation's youth appearing to be hardest hit, researchers said on 1 December, World AIDS Day.
SOUTH AFRICA: Government outlines new AIDS strategy
1 December 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African government marked World AIDS Day with the release of a broad framework for its HIV/AIDS strategy over the next five years.
SOUTH AFRICA: 'AIDS' death certificate causes a stir
29 November 2006 (PlusNews ), In the first case of its kind in the country, a South African pathologist has been brought before the Health Professions Council (HPCSA), a national health watchdog, for mentioning AIDS as the cause of death on a medical certificate.
SOUTH AFRICA: Medical experts and religious leaders put heads together on HIV
23 November 2006 (PlusNews ), An unlikely meeting of science and religion took place this week when the 'Voices of Reason' conference brought together Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders and faith-based organisations (FBOs) with medical experts in the field of HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg, South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA: New social grants plan cautiously welcomed
23 November 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's Department of Health confirmed on Thursday that a new social grant system was on the cards for chronically ill people, including those living with HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: Life, love and HIV
18 November 2006 (PlusNews ), "And life goes on ..." concludes the preface to 'Conversations, HIV and the Family', a publication that aims to place HIV/AIDS where it belongs - in the midst of real life itself, with all its nuances and grit.
SOUTH AFRICA: Govt AIDS programme on course but people still dying
14 November 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's Ministry of Health has confirmed that close to 6,000 HIV-positive people had died while receiving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs since the government rollout began in 2004.
SOUTH AFRICA: Research is discounting myths about orphans
10 November 2006 (PlusNews ), A few years ago Prof Timothy Quinlan was hearing horror stories about delinquency and abandonment among AIDS orphans that would spell trouble for their future social acceptance.
SOUTH AFRICA: Radio, TV and print have positive impact on AIDS - study
8 November 2006 (PlusNews ), A new survey in South Africa has proved the positive effect of media campaigns in raising HIV/AIDS awareness.
SOUTH AFRICA: Govt/NGO meeting spurs hope for more effective AIDS action
30 October 2006 (PlusNews ), A spirit of greater openness and unity between government and civil society has emerged from a two-day AIDS congress, signalling a possible end to damaging divisions in South Africa's HIV/AIDS response.
SOUTH AFRICA: Slow anti-AIDS care being felt in KwaZulu-Natal
30 October 2006 (PlusNews ), For many HIV-positive people in South Africa's Embo area, southwest of the port city of Durban, accessing treatment at public health facilities is as difficult as navigating the steep and muddy paths between their homes.
SOUTH AFRICA: Young women falling into AIDS trap
27 October 2006 (PlusNews ), High-risk sexual behaviour has become common practice among young women and girls struggling to make end meet in the semi-rural Embo area of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS fight picks up pace in a Durban township
23 October 2006 (PlusNews ), The 'Blue Roofs Clinic' in Wentworth, on the outskirts of South Africa's east-coast city of Durban, is difficult to miss with its giant steel top echoing the colour of its name.
SOUTH AFRICA: Faith makes a difference in AIDS care
19 October 2006 (PlusNews ), When Rev. John Thomas brought churchgoers together to serve people living with HIV/AIDS seven years ago, donations came from individual pocketbooks. Their work created a buzz, and by 2001 donations were pouring in from individual congregations around the world. But few orthodox donor agencies took note, reflecting an ambivalence – and sometimes scepticism – towards faith-based organisations.
SOUTH AFRICA: Funeral homes making a killing
12 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Funeral homes are the only winners in South Africa's struggle against one of the most severe HIV/AIDS pandemics in the world.
SOUTH AFRICA: Prisons AIDS survey draws mixed reaction
4 October 2006 (PlusNews ), South African activists have cautiously welcomed government plans to gauge the impact of AIDS among inmates and prison staff by means of a national survey.
SOUTH AFRICA: Civil society coalition announces new HIV/AIDS action plan
3 October 2006 (PlusNews ), A coalition of South African civil society organisations on Tuesday revealed their response to the South African government's calls for greater unity in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

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