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GLOBAL: New insight into HI-virus
27 February 2009 (PlusNews ), New research has revealed the extent and speed at which the HI virus can adapt to overcome the body's own evolving defence systems.
ZIMBABWE: "It's like waiting to find out if you will get eaten by lions"
23 February 2009 (PlusNews ), It is a typical hot February afternoon in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, but for Thulani Siziba, 33, it is an afternoon he will always remember. He is about to take his first HIV test.
ZIMBABWE: Lutanga Shaba, "I decided testing HIV positive would not be the end of my life"
18 February 2009 (PlusNews ), When Lutanga Shaba was 16, she was forced into transactional sex to support herself and her mother. Although she eventually managed to finish her law degree, with a postgraduate degree in policy studies, the survival strategy came at a price - she tested HIV positive in 2002, the same year her mother died of an AIDS-related illness.
GLOBAL: A glimmer of hope for microbicide research
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), After years of disappointments, AIDS researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
GLOBAL: Optimistic UNAIDS sets ambitious goals
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Wearing an orange "HIV Positive" t-shirt, the new executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, this week outlined his vision for the UN agency at the Ubuntu Clinic in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa.
GLOBAL: Global Fund facing shortfall
6 February 2009 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which supplies one-quarter of all AIDS funding, is facing a funding gap of US$5 billion.
ZIMBABWE: Urban patients now referred to rural mission hospitals
29 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Rosa Chimbindi, pregnant with her first child, recently went to Parirenyatwa hospital, one of Zimbabwe's largest referral facilities, located in Harare, the capital, to have her baby. Instead, staff at the maternity wing told her the hospital was closed because of the health worker boycott.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV pregnancy, stigma and ignorance
26 January 2009 (PlusNews ), For many women, pregnancy is a time of anticipation and celebration, but for those living positively it can be frustrating when their status – and not their pregnancy – takes centre stage. Being pregnant and positive often comes with its own brand of stigma.
ZIMBABWE: Tendayi Westerhof, "It doesn't matter if you are rich or educated — anyone can get HIV"
23 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Former model Tendayi Westerhof is better known these days as a tough-talking HIV/AIDS activist. After testing HIV positive seven years ago, she left the modelling world to found the Public Personalities Against AIDS Trust (PPAAT) to encourage other public figures and celebrities to be open about their HIV status.
GLOBAL: A new and improved PEPFAR under Obama?
21 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Hopes are high that the change promised by incoming US President Barack Obama will extend to his foreign policy, but for more than two million people living with HIV, mainly in Africa, the changing of the guard at the White House may elicit mixed feelings.
ZIMBABWE: Children on the edge of survival
20 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Zimbabwe's defunct health system and the growing humanitarian crisis have had a devastating impact on the lives of children, particularly those who are orphaned or vulnerable, and UN officials have warned that child mortality rates will continue to rise.
ZIMBABWE: Routine HIV testing a long way off
14 January 2009 (PlusNews ), When Mercy Mangwende*, 38, walked into her doctor's surgery in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, three years ago with flu and chest pains, she had no idea her life was about to change forever.
ZIMBABWE: "It is all just misery, death and pain"
8 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Tongai Chinamano*, 35, of Hopley Farm on the outskirts of the capital, Harare, describes being HIV positive in Zimbabwe as a death sentence.
ZIMBABWE: Farai Zhova, "All I wanted was for my mother to get well"
17 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Farai Zhova, 15, from Kadoma, about 140km southwest of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, was just 10 years old when a school lesson about HIV/AIDS changed her and her mother's life for the better.
ZIMBABWE: Cholera outbreak eclipsing AIDS crisis
10 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Moses Mwedzi, who lives in Budiriro, a high-density suburb of the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, has just recovered from a serious bout of cholera.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The long road to male circumcision
8 December 2008 (PlusNews ), Looking to get circumcised to reduce your risk of HIV infection? If you’re living in Southern Africa, you might have a long wait until services become more widely available.
GLOBAL: Overworked and under-protected
4 December 2008 (PlusNews ), While healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa struggle to deal with unmanageable workloads resulting from HIV/AIDS, a new study has found that their needs are being neglected.
GLOBAL: Tailor prevention programmes, says UNAIDS
2 December 2008 (PlusNews ), As the global financial crisis raises the spectre of cutbacks in AIDS funding, countries need to start being more strategic about how they spend their AIDS budgets.
ZIMBABWE: "He begged for forgiveness and I did just that"
1 December 2008 (PlusNews ), The story of Samuel and Stella Malunga* is one of love and forgiveness in a time of HIV and AIDS. They met and fell in love while studying law at a university in neighbouring South Africa. Samuel graduated two years before Stella and returned to Zimbabwe but kept their relationship going until she was able to join him in 2000.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV laws put women in the line of fire
1 December 2008 (PlusNews ), A woman in Malawi left her husband after years of abuse. He found her and raped her, an act not criminalised in Malawi when it occurs within marriage. The woman later tested positive for HIV and discovered that her husband had known his HIV-positive status for some time.

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