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GLOBAL: A radical new UNAIDS treatment strategy
16 July 2010 (PlusNews ), UNAIDS has launched a simpler, more cost-effective approach to HIV treatment, aimed at simultaneously achieving two holy grails of the AIDS response: drastic reductions in AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections.
GLOBAL: The big five at AIDS 2010
15 July 2010 (PlusNews ), "Rights Here, Right Now" is the theme of the 18th International AIDS Conference, also known as "AIDS 2010", opening on 18 July in Vienna, Austria. Around 25,000 policy-makers, programme implementers, scientists, community workers, activists and people living with HIV will gather to discuss the latest developments in the field of HIV/AIDS.
GLOBAL: Poll ranks AIDS as top health issue
14 July 2010 (PlusNews ), AIDS is the world’s most important health-care issue according to people all over the world who were polled for their perceptions of the AIDS epidemic in a new survey commissioned by UNAIDS.
GLOBAL: Young people lead "prevention revolution"
14 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Across the world, but especially in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, young people are taking action to protect themselves from HIV, says a new study by UNAIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: Government greenlights three-month supply of ARVs
13 July 2010 (PlusNews ), In a bid to ease pressure on South Africa's over-burdened public health sector, the government has given hospitals and clinics permission to give patients on HIV/AIDS treatment a three-month supply of their antiretroviral medication (ARVs).
SOUTH AFRICA: Counsellors to give "the prick"
9 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Lay counsellors in South Africa can now legally perform HIV tests, but delays in paying them and shortages of test kits are threatening a national campaign to scale up voluntary HIV testing and counselling (VCT).
SOUTH AFRICA: Mlungisi Dlamini, "We used to have this saying ... 'Any meal might be the last'"
9 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Mlungisi Dlamini never planned for his future, until he was diagnosed HIV positive. Now working for the South African AIDS lobby group, the Treatment Action Campaign, Dlamini talked to IRIN/PlusNews about how his diagnosis changed his perspective on life.
TANZANIA: Taking the HIV risk out of road crews
8 July 2010 (PlusNews ), An initiative by the Tanzanian government hopes to reduce HIV transmission along the country's expanding road network by targeting construction crews and the communities that surround them.
UGANDA: Sex workers demand "rights, not rescue"
8 July 2010 (PlusNews ), When Macklean Kyomya came to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, at 19, she found work as a lap-dancer in a nightclub and was soon accepting money from clients in exchange for sex.
GLOBAL: Straight Talk with Gottfried Hirnschall, WHO's director of HIV
8 July 2010 (PlusNews ), The UN World Health Organization (WHO) recently appointed Gottfried Hirnschall the new director of its HIV department. IRIN/PlusNews talked to him about the state of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, and how countries need to respond to waning donor funding for HIV programmes.
BOTSWANA: HIV treatment for refugees, but for how long?
7 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Until just over a year ago, people living in Dukwi, a remote refugee camp about 200km from Francistown, Botswana's second city, were burying other residents who had died from AIDS-related illnesses at the rate of about five a month.
EAST AFRICA: Community HIV drug distribution improves adherence
7 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Local East African programmes are discovering the benefits of bringing HIV services closer to rural communities, with mobile drug distribution improving HIV-positive patients' adherence to antiretroviral treatment.
AFRICA: Money no protection from HIV
6 July 2010 (PlusNews ), A new study has challenged widely held assumptions about income level in relation to HIV, finding that neither wealth nor poverty are reliable predictors of HIV infection in Africa.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: AIDS activists take funding fight to the pitch
5 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Janet "China" Mpalume led Zimbabwe's ARV Swallows to a decisive victory in the Halftime Football Tournament in Johannesburg on 2 July 2010. She wasn't playing for the FIFA World Cup, but for something potentially far more important.
KENYA: Muslim leaders champion HIV testing in marriage
2 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Binti Omar waits anxiously for her HIV test in a tent erected as part of a testing drive being conducted by the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya in the coastal city of Mombasa; Omar is accompanied by her fiancé, Abubakar Ismael, and his two wives.
SOUTH AFRICA: World Cup kicks off camps for kids
1 July 2010 (PlusNews ), School's out, the FIFA World Cup is on, and HIV/AIDS groups are using the opportunity to bring HIV messages to South Africa's youngest and least privileged soccer supporters.
KENYA: Targeting men for HIV testing at World Cup games
1 July 2010 (PlusNews ), James*, a 23-year-old football enthusiast in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been playing a dangerous game during this year's FIFA World Cup; some nights at his local pub, he finds a girl cheering for a rival football team and makes a bet with her - if her team loses, she has sex with him.
UGANDA: Challenging culture in HIV campaigns
30 June 2010 (PlusNews ), Over a glass of wine in a bar in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, two young women have a heated discussion about Tim*, who is married to their friend Becky*; Tim's "side-dish", or mistress, is pregnant and the two women disagree over whether Becky should leave him or not.
UGANDA: Finally ready for male circumcision
29 June 2010 (PlusNews ), The Ugandan government will begin a nationwide male circumcision programme in July as part of its HIV prevention strategy, a senior government official has said.
UGANDA: Public irritated by yet another condom shortage
29 June 2010 (PlusNews ), At the Kampala headquarters of an NGO that looks after sex workers, staff members make calls to the government, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and various NGOs in search of much-needed free condoms.

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