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3 January 2002 (PlusNews ), Irresponsible sexual behaviour, despite the threat of HIV/AIDS, is threatening the future of South Africa's youth, a recent study found.
BURKINA FASO: PlusNews Country Profile
31 December 2001 (PlusNews ),
AFRICA: Making women equal in AIDS prevention
28 December 2001 (PlusNews ), Women in Africa have been the hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. Twenty years into fighting the pandemic, very little has been done to empower them to insist on safe sex. However, a growing interest in the female condom could correct this imbalance.
ANGOLA: "Alarming" new data
26 December 2001 (PlusNews ), The Angolan ministry of health has released "new and alarming data" suggesting a sharp rise in the HIV-positive rate among women attending selected ante-natal clinics, UNICEF said in its latest situation report.
BURUNDI: Government concerned over rural HIV rise
24 December 2001 (PlusNews ), The Burundi government says although the HIV prevalence rate in the urban areas has stabilised at 18.6 percent, it is still concerned by the level of infection in rural areas.
ZAMBIA: AIDS discrimination features in presidential race
24 December 2001 (PlusNews ), As Zambia heads towards general elections on Thursday, a controversy over the banning of HIV-positive presidential candidates has shown how much further the country needs to go in tackling stigma and ignorance, AIDS activists told IRIN.
EAST AFRICA: Red Cross stresses volunteer role in tackling HIV/AIDS
21 December 2001 (PlusNews ), Red Cross and Red Crescent society members and public health campaigners at a regional meeting in Kenya have called for a significant increase in activities to counteract the HIV/AIDS pandemic in eastern Africa.
SWAZILAND: Faster growth and HIV/AIDS action needed
20 December 2001 (PlusNews ), Swaziland needs faster economic growth to narrow the gap between rich and poor, and stronger measures against HIV/AIDS, according to the new Swaziland Human Development Report, produced by a forum of national groups with support from UNDP.
AFRICA: AIDS conference ends with appeal to donors
14 December 2001 (PlusNews ), Delegates at the 12th International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA) have appealed to donors to support the local production of generic drugs and to subsidise the purchase of antiretrovirals (ARVs).
KENYA: AIDS group suggests worrying attitudes among youth
13 December 2001 (PlusNews ), A small-scale discussion group on youths' attitudes to sexuality and sexual diseases in Kakamega, western Kenya, has suggested that young Kenyans remain seriously misinformed about HIV/AIDS and that many continue to engage in unsafe sexual practices.
ETHIOPIA: AIDS orphans reaches one million mark
12 December 2001 (PlusNews ), The number of AIDS orphans in Ethiopia has reached the one million mark, according to the ministry of health, placing an even greater strain on the country's already stretched social services.
AFRICA: Drugs debate takes centre stage at ICASA
12 December 2001 (PlusNews ), The debate over access to affordable drugs has dominated the 12th International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA), with participants at the Ouagadougou meeting calling on rich countries to provide the South with the funds to buy life-prolonging antiretrovirals.
BURKINA FASO: IRIN Focus on community mobilisation
6 December 2001 (PlusNews ), Marie Konkobo only discovered she was HIV-positive after her three children and husband died and she plucked up the courage to take an AIDS test.
ETHIOPIA: Opposition criticises government AIDS programme
6 December 2001 (PlusNews ), Opposition political parties have strongly criticised the government's HIV/AIDS programme labelling it ineffective and calling on the government to declare a state of emergency as the only way to combat the spread of the disease
SOUTHERN AFRICA: IFRC appeals for US $13 million
5 December 2001 (PlusNews ), The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is appealing for more than US $13 million to fund its humanitarian programmes in southern Africa.
AFRICA: Interview with Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy (Part 2)
4 December 2001 (PlusNews ), The final instalment of a two-part interview with Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.
AFRICA: Interview with Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy (Part 1)
3 December 2001 (PlusNews ), Stephen Lewis is the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In an interview with PlusNews recently, Lewis said that gender inequality, ineffective leadership and lack of resources were key issues facing the world in the battle against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
KENYA: Soapy to dramatise HIV/AIDS issues
3 December 2001 (PlusNews ), Plans are underway to put Kenya's campaign against HIV/AIDS on the airwaves via 'Heart and Soul', a soap opera for television and radio, a UNDP statement announced on Monday. Street theatre performances are also in the works.
AFRICA: Some countries making progress in HIV/AIDS prevention - UN
30 November 2001 (PlusNews ), There is growing evidence that HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in some of the most heavily affected countries in Africa are bearing fruit, a United Nations report said this week.
KENYA: Gay and positive - World AIDS Day Special
30 November 2001 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS activism has been growing in Kenya in recent years, but it is still rare for men who have sex with men to come out of the closet while also coming clean about their HIV status.

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