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GLOBAL: Fund gets results, but will it get funding?
8 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Achieving targets to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and halve tuberculosis rates hang in the balance as donor commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Fund come up for review.
SOUTH AFRICA: Delayed drug registrations hard to swallow
4 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Delays in registering antiretroviral (ARV) medication may keep cheaper, more patient-friendly drugs out of reach as South Africa prepares to launch the world's largest tender for medicines.
UGANDA: Online protest keeps spotlight on anti-gay bill
2 March 2010 (PlusNews ), More than 450,000 people have signed an online petition urging Uganda's parliament to drop a bill that would impose the death sentence for the crime of "aggravated homosexuality" - when an HIV-positive person has sex with anyone who is disabled or under the age of 18.
AFRICA: Tracking the male circumcision rollout
2 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Medical male circumcision is now widely recognized as an important HIV prevention tool, and several African countries have included it in their national HIV strategies.
TANZANIA: Merging family planning and HIV services
1 March 2010 (PlusNews ), A Tanzanian project is integrating family planning and HIV messages via community health workers who teach HIV-positive couples how to avoid unwanted pregnancies or infecting their unborn children.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Preparing for the worst
1 March 2010 (PlusNews ), When a crisis strikes, access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can be among the first casualties, particularly in countries where many people are on treatment.
RWANDA: Nurses to help speed up ART rollout
26 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Rwandan nurses will soon be authorized to start HIV-positive patients on life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment (ART), a move Ministry of Health officials say will speed up the rollout of ART in the East African nation.
KENYA: "Flash blood" puts drug users at risk of HIV
24 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Amina* and Rajab*, in their mid-twenties, spend most of their days getting high on heroin; when broke, Amina injects herself with Rajab's blood as soon as he has mainlined his heroin, for a second-hand hit.
SOUTH AFRICA: New treatment guidelines announced
23 February 2010 (PlusNews ), New national treatment guidelines are set to make the world's largest antiretroviral (ARV) programme even bigger as South Africa extends treatment to more HIV-positive infants, pregnant women and people battling HIV-tuberculosis (TB) co-infection.
TANZANIA: Pensioners step in to plug medical gaps
22 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Elias Sempindo, 72, thought he would spend his twilight years doting on his grandchildren; instead, the retired medical officer is back treating patients at a clinic in Morogoro, 190km west of Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
SOUTH AFRICA: New research fuels "test and treat" debate
22 February 2010 (PlusNews ), New research could bolster arguments for a controversial approach that could eradicate HIV transmission in South Africa within five years, said Dr Brian Williams of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA).
AFRICA: Prompt start to ART essential - studies
19 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Many HIV-positive African patients are starting treatment too late for it to be effective, new scientific studies have shown.
ZIMBABWE: "Small House, Big House" showing soon on TV
19 February 2010 (PlusNews ), A new Zimbabwean short film on multiple concurrent sexual partnerships (MCPs) runs for just 24 minutes, but the producers are hoping that its message will last much longer
RWANDA: New HIV awareness drive targets prisoners
18 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Rwandan health authorities have embarked on a campaign to sensitize the country's prisoners - considered high risk for HIV – on how to protect themselves from contracting and transmitting the virus.
ZAMBIA: Cervical cancer screening saves lives
18 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Cervical cancer is a leading killer among women living with HIV, but a low-cost screening programme developed in Zambia is proving that simple techniques can go a long way in saving lives.
KENYA: Condom conundrum puts prisoners at risk
16 February 2010 (PlusNews ), The Kenya Prisons Service has won praise for its HIV programmes, including education, testing and the provision of anti-retroviral drugs to prisoners, but specialists say unless the issue of unprotected sex is addressed, HIV transmission will continue unchecked.
RWANDA: Condom awareness campaign intensifies
16 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Doreen Uwimana, in her early 20s, carries condoms in her bag even when she goes to classes at a college in an upmarket suburb of the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma leaves many wanting more
12 February 2010 (PlusNews ), As South Africa marked the 20th anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela's release from prison, President Jacob Zuma reaffirmed his government's commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS, but many activists said his second State of the Nation address on 11 February 2010 left them wanting more.
AFRICA: High hopes as new TB vaccine proves effective
11 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Hope of an effective tuberculosis (TB) vaccine has been boosted by findings from the Tanzanian trial of a new TB vaccine showing that TB infection in HIV-positive patients was reduced by 39 percent.
SOUTH AFRICA: 4play on the small screen
11 February 2010 (PlusNews ), A sexy new South African television drama is set to show people that love, life and the risk of HIV does not stop after they turn 30.

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