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ZAMBIA: Poor conditions mean double jeopardy for inmates
29 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Doing time in Zambia's prisons may be a death sentence, regardless of the crime or conviction, as conditions behind bars drive high rates of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) says a new report.
AFRICA: Tracking the male circumcision rollout
2 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Medical male circumcision is now widely recognized as an important HIV prevention tool, and several African countries have included it in their national HIV strategies.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Preparing for the worst
1 March 2010 (PlusNews ), When a crisis strikes, access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can be among the first casualties, particularly in countries where many people are on treatment.
ZAMBIA: Cervical cancer screening saves lives
18 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Cervical cancer is a leading killer among women living with HIV, but a low-cost screening programme developed in Zambia is proving that simple techniques can go a long way in saving lives.
AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer
19 January 2010 (PlusNews ), More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response.
ZAMBIA: HIV testing services missing the mark
5 January 2010 (PlusNews ), New research has found that Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services in Zambia are squandering the opportunity to reach clients with information about how to reduce their HIV risk.
ZAMBIA: The hidden costs of TB
3 December 2009 (PlusNews ), "When you are poor and you have AIDS, you live with the threat of death above your head. However, when you have tuberculosis (TB), death moves closer and sits on your shoulder," said Max Ngoma, who used to be a peasant farmer in Lundazi, a rural town in eastern Zambia.
ZAMBIA: Orphans grow up without cultural identity
16 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Abigail Mwanashimba has been looking after her five siblings since the age of eight, when her parents died of AIDS-related illnesses. She is now 19 years old, and without relatives to represent her at her lobola (bride price) negotiations, she was forced to hire traditional counsellors to organise the process of marriage according to the tribal customs. They did a bad job.
ZAMBIA: New infections on the rise
9 November 2009 (PlusNews ), An estimated 82,700 Zambians will become newly infected with HIV in 2009, up from just over 70,000 in 2007, according to new figures from the National AIDS Council.
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.
ZAMBIA: Court case reignites HIV testing debate
14 October 2009 (PlusNews ), The human rights record of the Zambian military is being tested in court by two former air force officers who allege they were fired for being HIV positive.
ZAMBIA: Positive teens start talking about sex
30 September 2009 (PlusNews ), How do you tell your boyfriend that you're a 20-year-old virgin living with HIV? Zambian Chanda Nsofwa was born infected and is now at an age where she has to deal with this and other ticklish questions about sex and HIV.
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.
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.
ZAMBIA: Treating cervical cancer and HIV simultaneously
1 September 2009 (PlusNews ), The HIV/AIDS epidemic may have contributed to the high incidence of cervical cancer in Zambia, where the number of cases is the second highest in sub-Saharan Africa, and HIV prevalence is one of the highest in the world.
AFRICA: Male circumcision slowly taking off
23 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The World Health Organization endorsed male circumcision (MC) as an HIV-prevention measure two years ago, but implementation of large-scale male circumcision programmes has been relatively slow.
GLOBAL: Treating addiction can prevent HIV
22 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Alcohol and drug addiction are major drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of the world, but for political and ideological reasons, scientists and clinicians have tended to shy away from this area of HIV research, while governments and donors have been reluctant to fund programmes targeting addicts.
GLOBAL: Test and treat to wipe out AIDS
21 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The idea of using antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) not only to treat HIV infection but also to prevent new infections, and eventually to eradicate the virus almost entirely, is being hotly debated at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.

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