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MYANMAR: "Urgent" need for HIV treatment
24 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Lack of access to anti-retroviral therapy (ARV) to treat HIV has left thousands of patients in Myanmar with deteriorating immunity and increased vulnerability to tuberculosis (TB), say health workers.
SOUTH AFRICA: Global Fund monies finally released
22 February 2012 (PlusNews ), More than seven months overdue, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant will finally be released to key South African AIDS organizations that have been struggling to survive. Some were on the verge of shutting down.
INDONESIA: Government denies plans for mandatory male circumcision in Papua
20 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Authorities in Indonesia's remote Papua Province say they have no plans to make male circumcision mandatory, despite media reports to the contrary.
SOUTH AFRICA: Outrage over HIV-positive journalist's dismissal and deportation
20 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Allegedly tested for HIV without consent, found positive and subsequently dismissed, detained and deported, a South African journalist is attempting to take his case against Qatar to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to change the country's HIV travel and employment laws.
HIV/AIDS: WHO clarifies guidance on hormonal contraception and HIV
17 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Four months after a study suggested women on hormonal contraception may be at an increased HIV risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reaffirmed the birth control method's safety, but strongly recommends that women on progesterone-only injections, like Depo-Provera, also use condoms to prevent HIV infection.
SWAZILAND: Reaching out to gays for the first time
14 February 2012 (PlusNews ), If caught, any Swazi engaged in a same-sex relationship will be arrested and jailed. But public health officials are using Valentine's Day to urge gays to trust promises of confidentiality and test for HIV.
HIV/AIDS: Tips for making HIV discordancy work
14 February 2012 (PlusNews ), No one said love was easy. This Valentine's Day, IRIN/PlusNews brings you tips for making love and HIV work, from a couple who've been there, done that and stayed together.
HIV/AIDS: You, me and HIV
14 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Rising HIV prevalence rates around the world have changed how we date and how we love, at least in theory. The sexual history discussion comes up earlier in dating, and HIV testing as a couple is just a step below becoming "official". Then comes figuring out how to navigate love and also HIV.
KENYA: Discordance strains commitment
13 February 2012 (PlusNews ), When they first got married six years ago, Mary and William Simiyu were a typical newly-wed couple - full of love and hope about their future together. Three years into their marriage Mary fell sick and they reluctantly agreed to get tested for HIV. Her result was HIV positive but her husband’s wasn’t. Suddenly, they had become discordant.
MALAWI: Government finally moves on male circumcision
10 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Clement Zulu never thought he would be circumcised. A Christian from the north of Malawi, Zulu was among millions of Malawians who believed the practice was a ritual for the southern Yao people, who are mostly Muslims.
ASIA: Breaking down legal barriers to HIV information access
9 February 2012 (PlusNews ), While a number of Asian and Pacific countries are addressing legal barriers to accessing HIV information and treatment, there is still a gap between policy and implementation, say officials.
KENYA: Tackling underage sex work in Nyanza's gold mines
7 February 2012 (PlusNews ), Inside a smoky makeshift kiosk, Julie*, 16, can hardly cope with the demand from her clients for a cup of tea and a snack - the men are parched from their work as gold miners in the western Kenyan district of Nyatike.
ZIMBABWE: Improved AIDS levy collections fill part of funding gap
3 February 2012 (PlusNews ), With global funding for HIV/AIDS on the decline, Zimbabwe's innovative AIDS levy - a 3 percent tax on income - has become a promising source of funding for the country, with a dramatic increase in revenue collected in the past two years.
HIV/AIDS: Global Fund shake-up signals new direction
2 February 2012 (PlusNews ), The appointment of a new general manager, Gabriel Jaramillo, at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis could be a "turning point" for the troubled organization, which has suffered from a funding crisis and allegations of corruption.
DRC: Alarm bells over poor funding for HIV treatment
2 February 2012 (PlusNews ), The lives of thousands of HIV-positive people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are at risk as the country faces declining donor funding and a severe shortage of HIV treatment, according to Médecins Sans Frontières.
TANZANIA: Good results in programme to boost TB detection
1 February 2012 (PlusNews ), A pilot community programme to improve TB detection in northern Tanzania has shown good results and could be replicated nationwide as the country seeks to improve its TB treatment and prevention systems.
KENYA: Shortage of HIV test kits raises concerns
27 January 2012 (PlusNews ), Voluntary counselling and testing centres around Kenya are turning people away due to a shortage of HIV testing kits after the recall in December of more than one million faulty HIV tests.
KENYA: Male circumcision - women need counselling too
23 January 2012 (PlusNews ), A small Kenyan study has found that more women than men feel HIV is a less serious threat after their male partners are circumcised; the study also made local news for finding that female partners of recently circumcised men found sex more enjoyable.
SWAZILAND: No money, no CD4 tests
23 January 2012 (PlusNews ), Swaziland is still short of lab reagents needed for CD4 count testing, which is used to initiate and monitor patients on antiretroviral treatment, and HIV-positive people are growing increasingly frustrated as the country enters its fourth month without a way to establish the strength of their immune system.
AFRICA: Snake oil salesmen and dodgy HIV "cures"
19 January 2012 (PlusNews ), Uganda's National Drug Authority recently arrested sales representatives of a company selling a drug that purports to cure HIV; the firm's owners are not licensed to sell medicine and are being sought by the police.

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