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MOZAMBIQUE: Crossing borders for ARVs
2 July 2008 (PlusNews ), Zimbabwean Khuda Mutchato has to regularly cross a chain of mountains into Mozambique to improve her chances of survival.
ZIMBABWE: AIDS organisations still grounded
1 July 2008 (PlusNews ), As Zimbabwe's political crisis deepens ahead of the presidential run-off election on Friday 27 June, and the status of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) remains uncertain, the situation for HIV-positive Zimbabweans is more precarious than ever.
AFRICA: Mind your language - a short guide to HIV/AIDS slang
18 June 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV has hit our lives, our families, our economies; it also shapes the way we talk. IRIN/PlusNews looks at how the virus and its impact translates into everyday speech from the streets of Lagos to the townships of Johannesburg, and finds that despite the billions of dollars spent on positive communication strategies, the word on the street remains decidedly negative.
ZIMBABWE: AIDS service NGOs allowed to resume operations
13 June 2008 (PlusNews ), The Zimbabwe government has exempted AIDS relief organisations from a ban on NGOs operating in the country, but advocacy groups have reacted cautiously to the news.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Understanding infidelity
5 June 2008 (PlusNews ), "Multiple, concurrent partnerships" has become the latest catchphrase in the HIV/AIDS lexicon. It refers to the practice of having more than one sexual partner at the same time, which experts say is a key driver of Southern Africa's devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic.
ZIMBABWE: NGOs withering under foreign currency shortages
24 April 2008 (PlusNews ), Scores of nongovernmental (NGO) and humanitarian organisations are threatened with collapse after Zimbabwe's central bank failed to release money required for their operational costs.
SOUTH AFRICA-ZIMBABWE: No documents? No treatment
28 March 2008 (PlusNews ), Linda* was already sick when she arrived in Johannesburg from Zimbabwe, but she did not know her HIV status. After months of sleeping rough in a park her health deteriorated further and she finally plucked up the courage to go for an HIV test at an inner-city clinic.
ZIMBABWE: NGOs struggle to feed the hungry
5 March 2008 (PlusNews ), Njabulo Sibanda, 15, who lives in Highfield, a low-income suburb in southwestern Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, is one of the more than one million children in the country orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.
GLOBAL: Less silence, more science could make anal sex safer
27 February 2008 (PlusNews ), The silence and taboo surrounding anal sex is putting millions of men and women at risk of HIV, delegates attending the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, heard this week.
GLOBAL: ARVs in microbicide research - keeping hope alive?
25 February 2008 (PlusNews ), After a string of depressing trial results, the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, kicked off this week with a ray of hope that new research could deliver a new generation of HIV prevention approaches for women.
4 February 2008 (PlusNews ), South African police are denying detained undocumented HIV-positive migrants access to the crucial food needed to continue antiretroviral therapy, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
ZIMBABWE: Responding to the PMTCT challenge
18 January 2008 (PlusNews ), A new five-year initiative is set to improve access to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services for pregnant mothers in Zimbabwe.
ZIMBABWE: Cheaper, more accessible ARVs might be on the cards
18 January 2008 (PlusNews ), Life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication is in perilously short supply in Zimbabwe, and exorbitant prices have kept the scarce drugs out of reach for most HIV-positive Zimbabweans. Could local manufacture make them cheaper and easier to obtain?
ZIMBABWE: Rural women struggle to get treatment
14 January 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV-infected women living in rural areas are finding it increasingly difficult to access life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and tend to be more marginalised than those living in urban areas, non-governmental organisations say.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: New PMTCT drug regimen catching on
29 November 2007 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive mothers in South Africa will have a better chance of not passing the virus to their babies, after the government announced it was switching to a more effective drug regimen, which can reduce the risk of transmission to as little as five percent.
ZIMBABWE: Workplace AIDS programmes feel the pinch
22 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Zimbabwe's seven-year economic crisis has forced private companies to make some difficult decisions about workplace programmes for HIV-positive staff. How do you provide life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication, care and support, when you're struggling to keep your business afloat?
SOUTH AFRICA-ZIMBABWE: Wilson Moyo: "If it was easier to access documents, it would make our lives more bearable"
15 November 2007 (PlusNews ), A year and a half ago, *Wilson Moyo, 45, was a white-collar worker enjoying a comfortable life in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city. After fleeing the country for political reasons he is now homeless, jobless and living in a shelter in Johannesburg's inner city.
ZIMBABWE: HIV rate falls again
4 November 2007 (PlusNews ), When Zimbabwe registered a decline in HIV prevalence rates in 2004, and again in 2006, the news was met with scepticism, but new official figures released on Wednesday indicate the downward trend has continued, with rates falling by 10 percent over the past 5 years.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Women take sexual risks to feed their families
31 October 2007 (PlusNews ), Women in food insecure southern Africa are putting themselves in danger of contracting HIV in their desperation to feed themselves and their families, a new study has found.
ZAMBIA: Zimbabwe's sex workers look to their neighbour for business
26 October 2007 (PlusNews ), An influx of Zimbabwean sex workers into the Zambian capital, Lusaka, is testing the government's patience with its neighbour.

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