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SOUTH AFRICA: Lihle Dlamini, “People who have TB still face the same challenges I faced in 2002”
16 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Lihle Dlamini is the deputy general-secretary of South Africa’s AIDS lobby group, the Treatment Action Campaign. As the country moves to include a strong emphasis on tuberculosis (TB) for the first time in its latest national strategic plan on HIV, Dlamini recounted her experience with TB treatment almost 10 years ago:
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93516
SOUTH AFRICA: Govt moves to earlier HIV treatment
15 August 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive people in South Africa will be able to access antiretrovirals (ARVs) sooner after the government raised the CD4 count necessary to access treatment. But some warn the victory is only half the battle.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93500
BURUNDI: A struggling PMTCT programme
12 August 2011 (PlusNews ), A shortage of health facilities and health workers, frequent drug shortages and a weak government policy mean HIV-positive pregnant women in Burundi often give birth without taking any precautions to prevent transmission of the virus to their children.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93491
HIV/AIDS: Female condoms slowly gaining popularity - report
11 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Long seen as the ugly step-child of HIV prevention, the female condom seems to be gaining popularity through grassroots campaigns, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93476
SWAZILAND: HIV prevalence among factory workers "50 percent"
11 August 2011 (PlusNews ), A new government study has found that more than half of workers in Swaziland’s garment industry are living with HIV, and officials are realizing that the once-hailed promise of manufacturing employment has become a financial and medical nightmare for tens of thousands of Swazi women.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93486
MALAWI: HIV-positive civil servants angry at switch from cash to food parcels
8 August 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive civil servants in Malawi are unhappy with the government's announcement that it would stop providing a cash grant to help improve their diet.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93452
AFRICA: The crazy things they say: politicians and HIV
3 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Political commitment is key to the success of HIV programmes and African leaders have been at the forefront of the fight against HIV on the continent, but politicians also have the power to harm HIV/AIDS campaigns.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93411
KENYA: Clinics struggle to keep patients not yet eligible for ARVs
2 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Jairus Musau tested HIV-positive two years ago, but when he was told he would not immediately be given antiretrovirals, his parents insisted he visit a traditional healer in his eastern Kenya hometown of Kitui.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93401
Analysis: Understanding the drivers of homophobia in Ghana
1 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Recent condemnation of homosexuality by religious and political leaders in Ghana has led to a climate of fear preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from accessing vital health services, say local NGOs.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93387
HORN OF AFRICA: Drought and HIV - a dangerous combination
28 July 2011 (PlusNews ), More than 11.6 million people are facing starvation in the Horn of Africa, and as aid agencies struggle to feed them, experts are warning that a lack of food could have wider consequences, including jeopardizing the health of people on HIV treatment.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93358
SWAZILAND: Desperate HIV-positive people eat cow dung to sustain treatment
28 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Organizations fighting HIV/AIDS in Swaziland were at first incredulous at reports that hundreds of impoverished HIV-positive rural residents were eating cow dung to give their stomachs something to digest before taking their antiretrovirals.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93362
NEPAL: Migration main factor for HIV prevalence in west
27 July 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV prevalence in Achham is estimated at 1.7 percent, but many residents, who have never left the remote western district, know HIV only as “Bombay [Mumbai] disease”.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93346
SOUTH AFRICA: Prisons expand HIV services
26 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Obtaining HIV treatment in jail is becoming easier as about 9 percent of South African prisons now offer antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in-house.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93336
HIV/AIDS: Adult male circumcision – new developments
25 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Medical male circumcision has been a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed HIV prevention method for more than four years, with most countries still using relatively expensive surgical procedures that require anaesthetic, at least a couple of health workers and a six-week healing period. However, several new devices could revolutionize the amount of time, labour and money involved, enabling countries to rapidly scale up their programmes.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93311
KENYA: Illiteracy hampers treatment programmes
25 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Isaac Nanok religiously collects his antiretrovirals (ARVs) from his local health centre every month, but the information on the packaging is meaningless as he is illiterate.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93324
HIV/AIDS: Bad news for drug prices in middle-income countries
20 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Middle-income countries with large numbers of people living with HIV will no longer benefit from preferential pricing when buying antiretroviral drugs from large pharmaceutical companies, according to the annual Médecins Sans Frontières drug pricing report, Untangling the Web of ARV Price Reductions.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93275
AFRICA: Combination ART offers near-normal lifespan - study
19 July 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive Africans on combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to live almost as long as their HIV-negative peers, according to a new study by Canada's British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93269
HIV/AIDS: Treatment as prevention – the tough road ahead
18 July 2011 (PlusNews ), The sixth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention started optimistically as the hype surrounding the use of antiretroviral treatment to prevent HIV infection gained momentum. But the focus of much discussion in Rome from 17-20 July will undoubtedly be on how to transform the recent promising research findings into workable policy.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93251
SWAZILAND: Confusion and panic over supply of ARVs
18 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Unease is mounting in Swaziland after reports that supplies of antiretrovirals are dangerously low. Resources have never been adequate to tackle the world’s highest HIV infection rate in the tiny kingdom, but in recent months, the cash-poor government and dwindling donor funding have led to increasing panic among people living with HIV.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93256
AFRICA: Political leadership key to male circumcision success
18 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Countries that have been quick to incorporate medical male circumcision into their HIV prevention programmes are already seeing good results compared with those that have been slower to embrace the procedure, say experts.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=93259

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