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SOUTH AFRICA: Foreigners fare better on HIV treatment than citizens
14 January 2010 (PlusNews ), A study finding that foreigners are about half as likely to fail antiretroviral (ARV) treatment as South African citizens attending the same Johannesburg clinic has challenged widely held assumptions about migrants' ability to adhere to HIV/AIDS drug regimens.
SOUTH AFRICA: New technology could revolutionise TB diagnosis
31 December 2009 (PlusNews ), A new technology being pioneered in South Africa may make screening for tuberculosis (TB) faster, cheaper and more reliable – and it’s all based on technology found on a typical trip through airport security.
SOUTH AFRICA: Mixed response to former health minister's death
17 December 2009 (PlusNews ), South Africa's former health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, died on Wednesday from complications related to a liver transplant she received in 2007.
SOUTH AFRICA: Zulu king revives male circumcision
15 December 2009 (PlusNews ), Members of the Zulu royal family are meeting with local authorities in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province to discuss making male circumcision services available at public hospitals in a bid to reduce HIV infections.
SOUTH AFRICA: Improved PMTCT yields dramatic results
10 December 2009 (PlusNews ), The percentage of HIV-positive mothers who pass the virus to their newborn babies in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province has dropped by nearly two-thirds since dual antiretroviral (ARV) therapy was introduced for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT).
SOUTH AFRICA: Safer sex for soccer fans and sex workers
8 December 2009 (PlusNews ), With only six months until South Africa hosts the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the nettlesome question of how to deal with sex workers looms.
SOUTH AFRICA: Male circumcision: why the delay?
3 December 2009 (PlusNews ), Countries all over Africa are at various stages of developing and implementing policies to roll out mass male circumcision to prevent HIV, but until recently South Africa has done little more than talk about a strategy of its own.
SOUTH AFRICA: Improvements in HIV policy, at last
2 December 2009 (PlusNews ), AIDS researchers, scientists and activists have welcomed the changes to South Africa's HIV/AIDS treatment policy, announced by President Jacob Zuma on World AIDS Day.
SOUTH AFRICA: Life expectancy drops
21 November 2009 (PlusNews ), South Africans are dying younger and in greater numbers, and HIV/AIDS is to blame, according to a report released this week by the South African Institute of Race Relations.
SOUTH AFRICA: World Cup to help create HIV awareness
19 November 2009 (PlusNews ), In less than seven months South Africa will host the world's biggest single sporting event - the FIFA World Cup. The chance to reach millions of local and visiting football fans presents a golden opportunity, not only for the country's business and tourism sectors, but also for its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: Battle won for HIV-positive soldiers
11 November 2009 (PlusNews ), The South African cabinet has approved a new policy prohibiting discrimination against soldiers and would-be recruits on the basis of their HIV status.
SOUTH AFRICA: TV ad delivers silent HIV message
10 November 2009 (PlusNews ), A television advertisement that will air in South Africa in November aims to reach deaf people with vital information about how to protect themselves from HIV, while giving hearing South Africans a brief experience of a world without sound.
AFRICA: Electronic records can streamline health care
27 October 2009 (PlusNews ), Replacing manual data with electronic health records would significantly improve the quality of care and enable African HIV treatment programmes to be scaled up more efficiently, say the authors of a new article on the subject.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Life insurance for HIV-positive people, at a price
22 October 2009 (PlusNews ), The availability of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and legislation prohibiting discrimination have helped turn HIV/AIDS into just another chronic disease, but an HIV-positive status can still be an obstacle to getting a loan or buying insurance.
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV-positive inmates speak out
20 October 2009 (PlusNews ), Just over three years ago, a group of HIV-infected inmates at Westville Correctional Centre, near the South African port city of Durban, won a High Court battle that forced the government to provide them with life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
SOUTH AFRICA: Turning the tide against drug-resistant TB
9 October 2009 (PlusNews ), Three years ago, the Church of Scotland Hospital at Tugela Ferry, in the rural Umsinga area of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province, was the focus of international media attention as the epicentre of a deadly outbreak of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB).
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV rate among pregnant women stays high
6 October 2009 (PlusNews ), The rate of HIV infection among pregnant women in South Africa has remained stubbornly high at around 29 percent for the third year running, according to government figures released on 5 October.
SOUTH AFRICA: Multiple partner study full of surprises
23 September 2009 (PlusNews ), Multiple partnerships may not be as common in South Africa as previously thought, according to a study presented at the recent AIDS Research Symposium at the University the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg.
SOUTH AFRICA: Budgeting failures threaten ARV programme
22 September 2009 (PlusNews ), South Africa's antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme has been pushed into crisis by poor budgeting decisions, financial mismanagement and a lack of monitoring and evaluation of HIV programmes.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV-positive children living longer
18 September 2009 (PlusNews ), The number of HIV-infected children in southern Africa who survive into adolescence without treatment is greater than previously thought, and will keep increasing for years to come.

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