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SOUTH AFRICA: Long way from treatment target
16 September 2009 (PlusNews ), South Africa is not on track to meet its target of reaching 80 percent of people in need of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment by 2011, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told reporters on 15 September.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: What of the female condom?
10 September 2009 (PlusNews ), If you haven't seen a female condom lately, you're not alone. More than 15 years after the only female-controlled method to prevent HIV was introduced, it is still largely marginalized and inaccessible.
AFRICA: Condoms - the hole truth
10 September 2009 (PlusNews ), Having a condom split during sex is not much fun, but the idea that millions of condoms may be faulty before they are opened is the stuff nightmares are made of.
SOUTH AFRICA: Positive teens overlooked
8 September 2009 (PlusNews ), In South Africa a generation of children who were born HIV-positive is reaching young adulthood, but they are not getting the type of message or psychosocial support they need from the public sector.
SOUTH AFRICA: Who's Who on the National AIDS Council
8 September 2009 (PlusNews ), The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), long inactive, is showing signs of life. The revived secretariat moved out of the Department of Health and acquired a new CEO on 1 September, and recently flexed some of its new-found muscle when it recommended that government change outdated treatment guidelines.
SOUTH AFRICA: Manqoba, "It was strange – it sticks out in a funny way"
3 September 2009 (PlusNews ), On Saturdays, Manqoba*, 30, often hangs out at the informal car wash his friends run in Spruitview, a township east of Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city. They chat about soccer, girls and politics - definitely not female condoms. Manqoba, a university graduate, gave IRIN/PlusNews a male perspective on a "first time" with the female condom.
SOUTH AFRICA: New book blows the lid off traditional circumcision
31 August 2009 (PlusNews ), A new book has broken the silence over what really goes on during traditional male circumcisions in South Africa, and the author, a former initiate, says that if is to be made safer and punted to prevent HIV, circumcision as many know it will have to change.
SOUTH AFRICA: Treatment crisis in Free State, again
28 August 2009 (PlusNews ), South Africa's Free State Province is again experiencing a crisis in the delivery of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, with understaffed clinics, erratic drug supplies and long waiting lists preventing many dangerously ill patients from accessing the life-prolonging drugs, according to AIDS activists.
SOUTH AFRICA: Tackling HIV and TB - where there's a will, there's a way
27 August 2009 (PlusNews ), One in six HIV-positive people in the world live in South Africa, which is also experiencing a parallel tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, but years of weak leadership, poor policy implementation and inadequate resources have undermined efforts to control the twin health emergencies.
SOUTH AFRICA: Health in South Africa in need of intensive care
26 August 2009 (PlusNews ), A health system ill-equipped to cope with one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world together with crushing burdens of non-communicable disease, maternal and child mortality and soaring rates of death from violence and injury.
SOUTH AFRICA: Health system failing mothers and babies
26 August 2009 (PlusNews ), Each year in South Africa, an estimated 76,600 women, newborns and children die from preventable and treatable causes, putting the country among only a dozen in the world that have backtracked on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing child mortality by 2015.
SOUTH AFRICA: Lovers, fathers and brothers
26 August 2009 (PlusNews ), The days of South African men waiting at the kerbside while girlfriends and wives queue at the clinic for antenatal visits are gone; a new programme aims to create a new idea of what makes a man, and turn the tables on the old one.
SOUTH AFRICA: SANAC CEO charts new direction for slumbering giant
20 August 2009 (PlusNews ), The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), long perceived by activists as largely dormant, awakened to make groundbreaking recommendations to government earlier this month. Dr Nono Simelela, who takes over as the new CEO on 1 September, spoke to IRIN/PlusNews about where she would like to take the council.
SOUTH AFRICA: "Agony Aunts" don't do HIV
19 August 2009 (PlusNews ), Dear Abby, Dear Dolly, Ask Amy - advice columns are always popular in the print media, and South Africa is no exception. The "Agony Aunts" daily solve problems about love, lust, romance and other relationships, but one thing is consistently left off the page - HIV.
SOUTH AFRICA: New deaths and no data, government on alert for H1N1
18 August 2009 (PlusNews ), With South Africa's sixth H1N1 death confirmed on Monday, the government has issued a warning to people living with HIV, as well as other chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, to seek medical treatment early if they have even mild symptoms of the new influenza, also known as swine flu.
SOUTH AFRICA: Circumcision should be the in thing
14 August 2009 (PlusNews ), William Maiko, 18, waiting at the Bophelo Pele Male Circumcision Centre in the township of Orange Farm, about 45km south of Johannesburg, South Africa, is amazingly composed for someone about to have his foreskin surgically removed.
SOUTH AFRICA: New programme to safeguard farm workers
13 August 2009 (PlusNews ), Long treks, hard living and poor pay - the life of a migrant farm worker is not easy, and can even be downright risky. But a new programme aims to reduce that risk, at least when it comes to HIV.
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV biggest threat to pregnant women
11 August 2009 (PlusNews ), HIV is the main cause of death among pregnant women in Johannesburg, South Africa's most populous city, according to a five-year study of maternal mortality at one of the city's largest public hospitals.
SOUTH AFRICA: Waiting to hear if treatment will start earlier
5 August 2009 (PlusNews ), More South Africans could access HIV treatment earlier if government approves recommendations by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), a move that could finally align national policy with international best practice.
3 August 2009 (PlusNews ), A Johannesburg high school recently did something that for years has only been whispered behind closed doors in education circles – voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV was offered to students.

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