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HIV/AIDS: New plan to speed up male circumcision
6 December 2011 (PlusNews ), UNAIDS and the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have launched a five-year plan to have more than 20 million men in 14 eastern and southern African countries undergo medical male circumcision by 2015 as part of HIV prevention efforts.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94404
HIV/AIDS: MSM meeting stirs controversy at HIV conference
5 December 2011 (PlusNews ), A meeting to address issues around HIV and men who have sex with men went ahead as scheduled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 3 December, despite protests and calls for its cancellation by local religious leaders.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94397
HIV/AIDS: Obama applauded for new treatment pledge
2 December 2011 (PlusNews ), AIDS activists have welcomed a pledge by US President Barack Obama to provide antiretroviral treatment to some six million people globally by 2013, an increase of two million on the previous target.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94371
LAOS: Looming threat of "catching up" on HIV prevalence
2 December 2011 (PlusNews ), Kinoy Phongdeth, 34, was one of the first four people given antiretrovirals (ARVs) when the medication initially arrived in Laos in 2003. Now, there are 1,600 people on treatment and the number is expected to jump to 7,000 by 2015, according to the government.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94374
HIV/AIDS: A deadly funding crisis
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), This World AIDS Day on 1 Dec should have been a much more joyous event: the global HIV/AIDS response has turned a significant corner, with record numbers of people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and fewer new HIV infections. But the announcement by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, cancelling its next funding round, has cast a shadow over any celebrations and highlighted the precarious nature of HIV/AIDS funding.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94354
HEALTH: TB programming, research slowed by inadequate funding
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), The number of people dying from tuberculosis fell to its lowest level in a decade in 2010, but experts warn that a shortfall of US$1 billion for TB programmes in 2012, and the recent cancellation of funding by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, threaten these gains.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94355
KENYA: Better funding key to improving rural HIV care
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), When Christopher Okanga and his wife tested positive for HIV in 2006, they halted all plans to have children.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94356
MALAWI: The rush to rationalize
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), As international HIV funding declines, nations are bracing for a future with less money and tougher choices. In countries like donor-dependent Malawi, a new UNAIDS tool is already beginning to shape how to rationalize their HIV responses to cope with the altered circumstances.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94357
HIV/AIDS: Following the Fund
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), With a shortfall as high as US$6 billion and forced to cancel its latest round of funding, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria is at a crossroads, and a far cry from where it started.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94360
HIV/AIDS: Feeling the pinch
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), Faced with the global economic downturn and less money from donors, national HIV programmes in East and Southern Africa - the region hardest hit by HIV/AIDS - are struggling to stay afloat. IRIN/PlusNews brings you a wrap of countries feeling the biggest pinch.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94363
SOUTH AFRICA: Country launches new HIV, TB plan
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), South African government has chosen World AIDS Day 2011 to launch its new national strategic plan that, for the first time, will guide not only the national fight against HIV but also tuberculosis (TB) until 2016. The document contains several major policy changes, including the immediate provision of lifelong antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to all HIV-positive mothers and TB patients, as well as a focus on positive prevention.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94365
AFRICA: A deadly funding crisis
1 December 2011 (PlusNews ), This World AIDS Day on 1 Dec should have been a much more joyous event: the global HIV/AIDS response has turned a significant corner, with record numbers of people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and fewer new HIV infections. But the announcement by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, cancelling its next funding round, has cast a shadow over any celebrations and highlighted the precarious nature of HIV/AIDS funding.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94341
UGANDA: No money to implement new prevention strategies
30 November 2011 (PlusNews ), Uganda is keen to implement new policies to put more people on life-prolonging antiretroviral treatment sooner, as recent scientific breakthroughs indicate would be much more beneficial, but officials say the country's poor financial outlook means there is little chance of this.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94348
SOUTH SUDAN: Sex workers risk violence, HIV in Juba's brothels
28 November 2011 (PlusNews ), In the tin warehouses at the back of Jebel Market, in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the business of sex is booming; in the rows and rows of tiny, dark, padlocked rooms - a so-called "sex camp" - girls and women practise the world's oldest profession in the world's newest country.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94320
HIV/AIDS: Global Fund cancels funding
24 November 2011 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria has cancelled its next round of funding and cut off countries like Russia, China and Brazil after donors failed to deliver US$2.2 billion in previously committed funding. Emergency funding measures will now be put in place for some countries.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94293
HIV/AIDS: "Unprecedented progress", despite poor funding
21 November 2011 (PlusNews ), New HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have continued to fall, and the number of people on treatment has risen to nearly 50 percent of those eligible, despite an overall fall in global funding, states a UNAIDS report.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94271
SOUTH AFRICA: Activists urge change to patent laws
21 November 2011 (PlusNews ), Ten years ago, the Doha Declaration allowed countries to circumvent patent rights to access life-saving medicines, particularly those used to treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. However, the South African government has failed to take advantage of these provisions, and increasingly important TB medication and second- and third-line antiretrovirals (ARVs) remain out of reach, activists warn.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94272
UGANDA: Once upon an epidemic
17 November 2011 (PlusNews ), Like many classic stories, Vumi's starts with a chance encounter that takes him far from home where the Ugandan primary school student is tempted by alcohol, cigarettes and sex. What happens next is just one story told as part of a locally produced series of 12 children's books on HIV.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94229
RWANDA: Criminalization of sex work hinders HIV prevention efforts
17 November 2011 (PlusNews ), Sex workers in Rwanda say the criminalization of their activities, combined with their general isolation from society, means they are often excluded from HIV prevention, treatment and care opportunities.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94231
KENYA: Local production means cheaper ARVs
16 November 2011 (PlusNews ), A Kenyan pharmaceutical company has been given the green light by the World Health Organization (WHO) to start producing antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which could result in significant savings for the government's growing treatment programme.
http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=94212

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