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AFRICA: Task-shifting, new technology crucial to ending mother-to-child transmission
11 January 2010 (PlusNews ), Unconventional health workers and new technologies will be a vital part of the ongoing effort to "virtually eliminate" mother-to-child transmission of HIV, says Michél Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS.
MOZAMBIQUE: Reaching the handicapped with HIV prevention
11 January 2010 (PlusNews ), Stefania*, 17, who has been wheelchair-bound since being involved in a traffic accident as a child, likes to go to Celso's, a popular bar in Matundo, a suburb of Tete city in northwestern Mozambique.
KENYA: Everlyn Masha Koya, "My parents and neighbours are still not convinced I am no longer a prostitute"
7 January 2010 (PlusNews ), Everlyn Masha Koya, 22, is a sex worker-turned-peer educator in Isiolo town in Kenya's Eastern Province. Now the owner of a successful small business, she told IRIN/PlusNews about the extreme poverty that drives many young women in the region into sex work.
KENYA: The fringe benefits of male circumcision rollout
6 January 2010 (PlusNews ), James Nango discovered he had syphilis when he visited a clinic in his home town of Kisumu, in western Kenya's Nyanza Province, in 2009, hoping to be circumcised as a way of reducing his HIV risk.
ZAMBIA: HIV testing services missing the mark
5 January 2010 (PlusNews ), New research has found that Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services in Zambia are squandering the opportunity to reach clients with information about how to reduce their HIV risk.
SOUTH AFRICA: New technology could revolutionise TB diagnosis
31 December 2009 (PlusNews ), A new technology being pioneered in South Africa may make screening for tuberculosis (TB) faster, cheaper and more reliable – and it’s all based on technology found on a typical trip through airport security.
KENYA: Call to protect human rights during HIV testing drive
30 December 2009 (PlusNews ), An international rights group has called on the Kenyan government to ensure that human rights are protected during the country's national door-to-door voluntary HIV testing and counselling drive which began in February 2009.
KENYA: Maasai warriors take on AIDS
29 December 2009 (PlusNews ), Attempts to promote HIV awareness among Kenya's Maasai community have often foundered on the community's unwillingness to accept externally driven change; but a new initiative is using Maasai 'morans', or warriors, to spread the word.
AFRICA: Treatment failure going undetected
28 December 2009 (PlusNews ), Too many HIV-infected patients in Africa are dying due to the difficulty of diagnosing and managing antiretroviral treatment (ART) failure in resource-limited settings.
KENYA: Testing campaign surpasses one million target
24 December 2009 (PlusNews ), An ambitious, door-to-door voluntary testing and counselling exercise launched in November resulted in more than 1.5 million Kenyans being tested for HIV, according to a senior government official.
KENYA: Cash alone won't make microfinance work
23 December 2009 (PlusNews ), Two years ago, fed up with a husband who drank too much and provided too little, Julie Amunga, who lives in the sprawling Mathare slum in the capital, Nairobi, decided to start a business that would enable her to support her family.
UGANDA: "Less noisy" female condom proves a hit
22 December 2009 (PlusNews ), Ten months after being re-launched, a new brand of female condom has proven popular among a test group of Ugandan women, according to a study.
INDONESIA: Condom drive sparks protests
21 December 2009 (PlusNews ), A campaign to encourage Indonesians to use condoms as part of national HIV/AIDS prevention efforts has drawn criticism from conservative Islamic groups, who say it promotes promiscuity.
KENYA: PEPFAR doubles AIDS funding
17 December 2009 (PlusNews ), The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has pledged US$2.7 billion over the next five years to advance HIV programmes in Kenya - a 112 percent increase.
SOUTH AFRICA: Mixed response to former health minister's death
17 December 2009 (PlusNews ), South Africa's former health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, died on Wednesday from complications related to a liver transplant she received in 2007.
UGANDA: Men reluctant to join in home-testing drive
15 December 2009 (PlusNews ), A home counselling and testing exercise in the northern Ugandan district of Apac has had a promising start, with more than 3,000 people being tested for HIV in the first month, health workers say.
GLOBAL: UNITAID greenlights patent pool for AIDS drugs
15 December 2009 (PlusNews ), The executive board of UNITAID, the international health financing agency, has approved the establishment of a patent pool for HIV/AIDS medication, a decision AIDS activists say will go a long way in helping poor nations achieve universal access to treatment.
AFRICA: AIDS vaccine programme comes home
15 December 2009 (PlusNews ), In what is being hailed as a boost for African involvement in AIDS research, Uganda has been selected to host the African AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP), formerly based in Geneva, Switzerland.
SOUTH AFRICA: Zulu king revives male circumcision
15 December 2009 (PlusNews ), Members of the Zulu royal family are meeting with local authorities in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province to discuss making male circumcision services available at public hospitals in a bid to reduce HIV infections.
SOMALIA: Mahamud Warsame, "I am doing this so no one has to go through what my wife and I went through"
14 December 2009 (PlusNews ), In a conservative Muslim society such as Somalia, it is extremely rare for a person living with HIV to speak out. But Mahamud Warsame, 53, from Galkayo in Mudug region of central Somalia, became an activist after his wife died from an HIV-related illness.

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