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AFRICA: Mapping health budgets and child deaths
28 July 2010 (PlusNews ), As many African countries battle to bring down staggering rates of maternal and child mortality, maternal and child health made for a fitting theme at the African Union (AU) Summit this week in Kampala, Uganda.
KENYA: Government takes first steps to roll out less toxic ARVs
27 July 2010 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive people on treatment will be switched from regimens containing the antiretroviral Stavudine to less toxic combinations in line with UN World Health Organization guidelines, according to a senior official.
SOUTH AFRICA: Child deaths stubbornly high
27 July 2010 (PlusNews ), The race to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015 is more than halfway run, but new reports say South Africa is unlikely to reduce its burden of deaths in children under five in time to cross the finish line.
GLOBAL: Straight Talk with Eric Goosby, head of PEPFAR
26 July 2010 (PlusNews ), The US president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has committed about US$32 billion to the global fight against HIV since its launch in 2003, making it the largest donor for HIV/AIDS globally. Following annual increases in contributions, however, PEPFAR has effectively flat-lined funding from 2009.
GLOBAL: Survey reveals gaps in doctor-patient dialogue
26 July 2010 (PlusNews ), A new, global survey has revealed the conversations healthcare providers aren’t having with their HIV-positive patients with potentially negative consequences for their treatment and health.
GLOBAL: Criminalization of HIV on trial
23 July 2010 (PlusNews ), There is a tug-of-war going on with governments trying to criminalize the transmission of HIV on one side, and activists who say such laws are not only ineffective as a deterrent but are also harming the fight against AIDS, on the other.
Blog: The female condom - you've got to sell it right
23 July 2010 (PlusNews ), I'm so used to, and bored by, the bland white packaging that carries the underused female condom that at this year’s International AIDS Conference, I walked past several press releases and demonstrations of it without much interest. So it was with some surprise that I came upon a stand at the Global Village where a young woman was demonstrating the use of not one, but two versions of the female condom I had never seen before.
GLOBAL: Hunting for a "cure" for HIV
23 July 2010 (PlusNews ), A successful microbicide trial and the promise of HIV treatment as prevention have dominated the scientific breakthroughs making headlines at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, but scientists working on a cure for HIV say they are making slow but significant headway in finding a permanent solution to the epidemic.
AFRICA: Cash in hand keeps HIV at bay
23 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Giving young women small, regular cash payments can reduce their dependence on sexual relationships with older men, which also lowers their HIV risk, according to a new study by the World Bank.
Blog: Bursting my AIDS 2010 bubble
22 July 2010 (PlusNews ), This is my second International AIDS Conference and now I know for sure, Mexico wasn’t a fluke – I really do love these gatherings. I love the passion of the speakers, the excitement the boffins create around their new research and the “let’s all get behind this” spirit the activists bring.
GLOBAL: Seven strategies for smarter HIV programmes
22 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Speaking at the International AIDS Conference earlier this week, former US President Bill Clinton told delegates that the credit crunch meant HIV programmes would need to work “faster, better and cheaper”.
EDUCATION: MTV drama brings cool to HIV prevention
21 July 2010 (PlusNews ), It's a story of sexy young guys and girls having a good time in the big city, of friendships pushed to the edge, and families struggling to survive, but underneath all the drama, MTV's "Shuga" is a story about HIV.
GLOBAL: Microbicides - from results to reality
21 July 2010 (PlusNews ), The dust has barely settled after the announcement of the first positive results from a microbicide trial, but scientists and policy makers are already asking themselves, 'What's next?'
AFRICA: Better prevention needed for HIV-exposed babies
21 July 2010 (PlusNews ), About half the babies exposed to HIV may not be getting the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs they need to be born HIV-free and stay that way, say the findings of a four-country study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
AFRICA: Six challenges to delivering treatment as prevention
20 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Using HIV treatment to drastically reduce transmission of the virus is the big issue at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna; scientists and health workers are optimistic but recognize that scaling up treatment will not be easy, especially for poor countries.
GLOBAL: Finally, positive results from a microbicide trial
20 July 2010 (PlusNews ), The HIV prevention world is abuzz with excitement following news of the first clinical evidence that a vaginal gel - known as a microbicide - can help to prevent sexual transmission of HIV infection.
AFRICA: The dilemma of discordance
20 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Discordant couples, in which one partner is HIV-positive and the other HIV-negative, are increasingly common in African countries with high prevalence, but there is often little support to help them navigate the complexities that the virus adds to a relationship.
Blog: African governments also need to dig deep for AIDS treatment
19 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Ahead of the AIDS 2010 conference in Vienna, Austria, the international medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has launched "The Ten Consequences of AIDS Treatment Delayed, Deferred, or Denied", another damning indictment of international donors back-pedalling on promises of HIV funding.
GLOBAL: Funding pall hangs over AIDS 2010 conference
19 July 2010 (PlusNews ), A chaotic protest against reduced funding for HIV delayed the opening of the International AIDS Conference, where money, or the lack of it, is likely to dominate proceedings. Dozens of activists stormed the stage of Vienna's Reed Messe Centre, holding a giant banner reading "No Retreat, Fund AIDS".
ZIMBABWE: New treatment guidelines yet to be implemented
19 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Zimbabwe's government has adopted new guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for treating people living with HIV, but there may not be enough money to implement them.

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