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GLOBAL: New ways to bridge the AIDS funding gap
30 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Money, or the lack of it, is likely to be the deciding factor in meeting global health targets. This was one of the main messages to emerge from both the recent Millennium Development Goals (MDG) summit in New York, and the latest report by UNAIDS on progress towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care.
SWAZILAND: A dialogue to defeat AIDS
29 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Communities in Swaziland are coming together as never before to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has so deeply affected them.
KENYA: Infant male circumcision for HIV prevention "promising"
28 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Circumcising infant boys could become part of Kenya's voluntary male circumcision programme, at present restricted to over-15s, if an ongoing pilot project in the western province of Nyanza recommends it.
GLOBAL: Value for money central to achieving universal access
28 September 2010 (PlusNews ), A global shortage of funds for the fight against HIV means universal access to prevention, treatment and care is unlikely unless HIV programmes get better value for their investments, says a new report by UNAIDS, the UN Children's Fund and the UN World Health Organization.
HIV/AIDS: Straight Talk with Mitchell Warren, executive director of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition
27 September 2010 (PlusNews ), There have been unprecedented developments in HIV vaccine research recently, but the field is threatened by the global downturn in funding for HIV/AIDS.
KENYA: When orphans become care-givers
24 September 2010 (PlusNews ), The role of grandparents and other members of the extended family in raising HIV orphans is well established; what is less recognized is the contribution these children make to their carers' lives.
MDGs: Donors hold key to HIV-free generation
23 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Top UN health officials are confident that an HIV-free generation is possible by 2015, but have warned of the need to fully fund HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes to ensure that steady progress in recent years does not fall by the wayside.
MDGs: Tracking progress on MDG six
21 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Significant strides have been made in the global fight against HIV, but major gaps remain that could prevent many countries from achieving UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) six - relating to HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
KENYA: Home HIV testing helps early diagnosis of high-risk children
21 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Home-based voluntary counselling and testing can help to diagnose HIV early among high-risk children, new research in western Kenya has found.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV-related cancer poorly diagnosed, treated
20 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), an HIV-related cancer, may not make headlines in southern Africa, but dealing with this disfiguring and potentially deadly illness presents a daunting task for health workers.
KENYA: Targeting older people in HIV prevention
17 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Older Kenyans, often neglected by HIV programmes that assume they are no longer sexually active and therefore not at risk, are slowly becoming more visible in the fight against the pandemic.
HEALTH: One-hour TB test "must be affordable" for poor countries
16 September 2010 (PlusNews ), A new one-hour test for tuberculosis will only have an impact in the global fight against the disease if it is made affordable to poor countries, experts say.
KENYA: Activists appeal for release of TB prisoners
15 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Kenyan human rights activists have filed an appeal for the release of two men imprisoned for defaulting on their tuberculosis (TB) treatment, and are warning that the arrests could discourage other patients from seeking treatment.
UGANDA: US helps bridge gap in ARV supply
13 September 2010 (PlusNews ), The US government has boosted its assistance to Uganda's AIDS programme with an emergency supply of antiretroviral drugs worth more than US$5.5 million to begin to put an estimated 72,000 HIV-infected people on the treatment over the next two years.
SOUTH AFRICA: Early HIV treatment may be cheaper than thought
13 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Research by South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand and Boston University in the US, has found that starting HIV-positive people on antiretrovirals (ARVs) earlier, and at a higher CD4 count (a measure of immune system strength), may be cheaper than previously thought.
KENYA: Musa,* "When the results came back we didn't think they could be true"
10 September 2010 (PlusNews ), For the past five years Musa* and his wife have known that their HIV status was different [discordant]. Now the father of two healthy, HIV-negative children, he spoke to IRIN/PlusNews about how he and his wife - like many couples - did not know discordancy existed, and had trouble finding the answers and services they needed.
AFRICA: Drug-resistant HIV threat looming
9 September 2010 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive patients about to start antiretroviral treatment are warned not to skip even the occasional dose of their medication because of the virus' ability to mutate rapidly and become drug resistant; but what about patients who have never taken treatment and already have a drug-resistant strain of the virus?
KENYA: Help HIV-positive children in pain, urges HRW
9 September 2010 (PlusNews ), A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Kenyan government needs to do more to provide palliative care for children with chronic illnesses, including cancer and HIV/AIDS.
BOTSWANA: Amendment to end dismissal based on HIV status
9 September 2010 (PlusNews ), The Botswana government has passed an amendment to its Employment Act that will bring an end to dismissal based on an individual's sexual orientation or HIV status, but rights groups believe the legislation needs to go further.
KENYA: Kicking HIV out of Nairobi's slums
8 September 2010 (PlusNews ), On a dusty football field in Mathare, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, young boys chase a rough, home-made ball. Their coach, Elias Mwangi, 21, a former drug addict, hopes football will not only keep the boys away from crime but motivate them to avoid behaviours that put them at risk of HIV.

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