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ZIMBABWE: AIDS Council under fire over levy
14 September 2009 (PlusNews ), Zimbabwe's National AIDS Council (NAC) has purchased US$890,000 worth of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs following allegations that it was abusing funds generated by a three-percent tax on income known as the AIDS levy.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=86147
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=86081
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=86096
ZIMBABWE: A timeline of HIV/AIDS funding woes
12 August 2009 (PlusNews ), Zimbabwe and international donors have had a long but uneasy relationship in the fight against HIV/AIDS - especially when it came to the money. Despite having one of the world's highest HIV prevalence rates, Zimbabwean proposals to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have been turned down in five of the Fund's eight funding rounds since its formation in 2002.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85691
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85405
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85387
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.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85373
GLOBAL: Scientific community urged to become activists
20 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention opened on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa, amidst reports that funding gaps and poor management are threatening supplies of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in at least six African countries.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85354
GLOBAL: Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy
20 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85353
GLOBAL: Male circumcision does not reduce partner's HIV risk
17 July 2009 (PlusNews ), New research suggests that circumcising HIV-positive men does not reduce the risk of their female partners becoming HIV-infected.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85330
GLOBAL: Critical need for more viral load testing
16 July 2009 (PlusNews ), New research has again confirmed the importance of viral load testing, which measures the amount of HI virus in the blood, to determine whether someone on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is experiencing treatment failure and needs to be switched to a second-line drug regimen.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85313
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The high cost of sex work
16 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Southern Africa's sex workers, denied access to HIV prevention and treatment services, are paying a high price to make a living when even government-issued condoms are not always free, according to a new report.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85312
GLOBAL: As the money flows, so the world turns
15 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The stats are in – 2008 was a bumper year for HIV/AIDS funding, according to a new report by UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on health. It is the kind of monitoring that may prove important as the global economic slowdown continues.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85295
ZIMBABWE: OVC may be at greater risk of sexual abuse
10 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Girls who have been orphaned may be twice as likely to experience sexual abuse, according to research from child-friendly clinics in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85229
ZIMBABWE: The slang of sexual networks
9 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Risky sexual behaviour has a language of its own on the University of Zimbabwe's (UZ) campus in the capital, Harare.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85198
ZIMBABWE: AIDS number one cause of maternal deaths
8 July 2009 (PlusNews ), A new maternal mortality study names HIV and AIDS as the cause of one in four maternal deaths in Zimbabwe.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85187
ZIMBABWE: Doctors and ARVs in short supply
7 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Municipal health officials in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, are struggling to cope with growing waiting lists of people in need of HIV treatment and too few doctors to prescribe the drugs.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85166
ZIMBABWE: Global Fund moves to safeguard money
2 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Government officials in Zimbabwe are unhappy about a decision by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to ditch the National AIDS Council (NAC) as the principal recipient of its existing and future grants and to instead channel funds through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85109
GLOBAL: Standard TB vaccine could be fatal to HIV-positive babies
1 July 2009 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive babies who receive the global standard tuberculosis (TB) vaccine are at hightened risk of contracting this infectious disease, says a new study in Bulletin, a journal published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=85091
GLOBAL: Entry, treatment, rights denied
23 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Leaving home is as risky as ever for many HIV-positive migrants, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=84967

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