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SOUTH AFRICA: Govt rethinks new TB strain claims
5 September 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's department of health said on Monday that it had put systems in place to monitor the extent of an extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) strain in the east-coast province of KwaZulu-Natal.
SOUTH AFRICA: Prison ARV ruling to be honoured - Govt
5 September 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African government has agreed to respect a High Court ruling compelling it to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to inmates at Westville Prison in the port city of Durban.
SOUTH AFRICA: Health department ups spending on female condoms
4 September 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's Department of Health has allocated R38 million (US$5 million) to increasing the distribution of female condoms this year.
SOUTH AFRICA: Govt calm about new TB strain
4 September 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's department of health says there is no need for alarm over reports of a new strain of tuberculosis (TB) in its east-coast province of KwaZulu-Natal.
SOUTH AFRICA: Govt probes AIDS asylum reports
4 September 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African government said on Sunday it had contacted the Canadian authorities after reports that a large number of its HIV-positive nationals have allegedly applied for asylum in the North American country.
SOUTH AFRICA: Comic book on HIV/AIDS education for deaf community
4 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Using illustrations of South African Sign Language instead of speech bubbles, a new comic book is reaching out to the deaf community with messages about HIV and AIDS, sexual violence and sexual rights.
SOUTH AFRICA: New AIDS death stats revealed
30 August 2006 (PlusNews ), At least 336,000 South Africans died of AIDS-related illnesses in the past year, members of Parliament's science and technology portfolio committee learned on Tuesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Doctors accuse health minister of breaking the law
30 August 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has described Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's "exaggerated" emphasis on nutrition for the treatment of AIDS as regrettable and against the law.
SOUTH AFRICA: Many HIV-positive pregnant women not receiving nevirapine - study
30 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Nearly a quarter of pregnant women who test positive for HIV in South Africa's Gauteng Province are not receiving nevirapine to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
SOUTH AFRICA: Science mooted against disease and poverty
29 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Africa will not meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on a number of levels without the proper science or experts in place, according to South Africa's Minister of Science and Technology, Mosibudi Mangena.
SOUTH AFRICA: SACC to mediate govt/NGOs on AIDS
29 August 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African Council of Churches (SACC) wants to get government, business and civil society together to step up efforts to fight HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: Government pressured to review HIV/AIDS communication strategy
25 August 2006 (PlusNews ), In a response to the recent barrage of criticisms directed at its HIV/AIDS policies, the South African government announced plans yesterday to set up a task team to review its HIV/AIDS communication strategy.
SOUTH AFRICA: Resistant tuberculosis on the rise
23 August 2006 (PlusNews ), A deadly new strain of tuberculosis (TB) that is resistant to virtually all available medications is becoming increasingly common in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA: US Senator criticises AIDS response
22 August 2006 (PlusNews ), United States Senator Barack Obama has criticised South Africa's leaders for their HIV/AIDS policy, saying health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was "making a terrible mistake" by promoting traditional medicines to fight AIDS while undermining the role of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy.
SOUTH AFRICA: Prison AIDS death angers TAC
17 August 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African AIDS lobby group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is baying for blood after the recent AIDS-related death of an inmate at Westville Prison in the port city of Durban.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS dementia a concern - SASOP
28 July 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) says more emphasis must be placed on the emotional and neurological effects of AIDS on HIV-positive people.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS gathering to promote teamwork
27 July 2006 (PlusNews ), South Africa's third national HIV/AIDS conference next year will seek joint strategies against the pandemic, Human Sciences Research Council director Olive Shisana has said.
SOUTH AFRICA: Govt AIDS efforts questionable - study
21 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Mounting levels of HIV in South Africa prove that the government is not properly addressing the pandemic, the local Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) has said.
SOUTH AFRICA: SAAVI praises sung by govt
21 July 2006 (PlusNews ), The South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI) has made "unprecedented progress" towards finding an HIV vaccine, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said on Thursday.
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV/AIDS figures "stabilising", new report
21 July 2006 (PlusNews ), New HIV/AIDS figures released by the South African Department of Health show that the pandemic could be stabilising, with not much change in HIV infection rates between 2004 and 2005.

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