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UZBEKISTAN: HIV/AIDS cases on the rise
19 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Authorities in Uzbekistan have registered a total of 779 HIV-positive people, more than three quarters of whom are men, showing a sharp rise in numbers over the last two years, a UN official told IRIN on Tuesday from the Uzbek capital Tashkent
AFRICA: CFA launches 2002 town hall-meeting series in US
19 February 2002 (PlusNews ), The Constituency for Africa (CFA) will launch its 2002 town-hall meetings on Africa on 21-22 February 2002 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS village causes "more harm than good" - NAPWA
15 February 2002 (PlusNews ), The opening of South Africa's first "AIDS village" on Thursday was not what people living with HIV/AIDS needed, and would cause "more harm than good", the spokesperson for the National Association of PWAs (NAPWA) told PlusNews on Friday.
AFRICA: Making VCT more youth-friendly
14 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) programmes have been known to increase the adoption of safe sex behaviour among adults, but not all VCT services are effective and appropriate for young people, a study has found.
NIGERIA: Focus on HIV/AIDS in the north
13 February 2002 (PlusNews ), The combination of ignorance and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS is putting a huge wedge in the way of efforts to combat the pandemic in northern Nigeria, a region where poverty and local customs make young people particularly vulnerable to the virus.
ETHIOPIA: Help needed to tackle AIDS
13 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Ethiopia can never defeat AIDS alone and needs the help of the international community, the deputy speaker of the country’s House of Representatives admitted on Wednesday.
SOUTH AFRICA: Corridors of hope against HIV
13 February 2002 (PlusNews ), The border town of Messina, at the northeastern tip of the country, is South Africa's gateway to the rest of the continent. It is also a corridor for the spread of HIV.
BURUNDI: IRIN interview with HIV/AIDS Minister Sindabizera
12 February 2002 (PlusNews ), IRIN speaks with the Burundi minister for HIV/AIDS issues, Genevieve Sindabizera, about her nation's coordinated efforts to combat the disease with limited medical infrastructure and expertise and scarce financial resources.
AFRICA: Life expectancy set to reach lowest levels ever
11 February 2002 (PlusNews ), The life expectancy of Africans is set to reach one of its lowest levels ever, it was revealed on Monday. By the year 2005, most Africans will die before they reach their 48th birthday, the fourth general assembly of the African Population Commission (APC) heard.
ETHIOPIA: Over 200,000 under-fives have HIV/AIDS
6 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Two hundred and fifty thousand children under the age of five are living with the HIV/AIDS virus in Ethiopia, according to the ministry of health.
KENYA: HIV/AIDS vaccines trials underway
6 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Kenya's AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI) will embark on the second part of their HIV/AIDS vaccine trials this week after preliminary results of the trials indicated signs of success last year, the project manager told PlusNews.
ZAMBIA: Home Based Care under pressure
5 February 2002 (PlusNews ), What started in Zambia as a stop-gap community measure to provide a service for People Living with AIDS (PWAs), Home Based Care (HBC) initiatives have mushroomed as a result of the shortcomings of the country's health care system
AFRICA: Health worker crisis undermines HIV/AIDS efforts
5 February 2002 (PlusNews ), The emerging crisis of health manpower in Africa could defeat the efforts of governments, private health care providers, NGOs, and donors in controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
LESOTHO: PlusNews Interview with King Letsie III
4 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Influential constitutional monarch King Letsie III is more than ever engaged in what he calls "the battle against HIV/AIDS". In the following PlusNews interview King Letsie talks about the need to overcome the taboo of talking about sex, and the "bad habits" that encourage HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.
SOUTH AFRICA: Government under pressure to provide AIDS drugs
1 February 2002 (PlusNews ), Frustrated at the South African government's refusal to provide antiretroviral treatment in state hospitals, international humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and AIDS activist group, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), announced this week that they were importing generic drugs from Brazil.
AFRICA: HIV/AIDS vaccine within reach
30 January 2002 (PlusNews ), An affordable and effective HIV vaccine could be developed within seven to 10 years if rich and poor countries cooperated on research and infrastructure, according to South African researchers.
ZAMBIA: HIV/AIDS patients turn to supplements
29 January 2002 (PlusNews ), Unable to afford antiretroviral drugs, Zambian HIV/AIDS patients are turning to immune boosters and nutritional supplements, local doctors told PlusNews.
AFRICA: Global AIDS Fund calls for proposals
29 January 2002 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has issued its first call for funding proposals from countries hard hit by the epidemics.
AFRICA: IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 63, 25 January 2002
25 January 2002 (PlusNews ),
NIGERIA: The customer is King
24 January 2002 (PlusNews ), Despite high levels of awareness about HIV/AIDS and condoms among Nigerian sex workers, their knowledge of transmission and risk factors surrounding the disease was low, a new study has found.

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