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HIV/AIDS: Female condoms slowly gaining popularity - report
11 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Long seen as the ugly step-child of HIV prevention, the female condom seems to be gaining popularity through grassroots campaigns, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund.
SWAZILAND: HIV prevalence among factory workers "50 percent"
11 August 2011 (PlusNews ), A new government study has found that more than half of workers in Swaziland’s garment industry are living with HIV, and officials are realizing that the once-hailed promise of manufacturing employment has become a financial and medical nightmare for tens of thousands of Swazi women.
MALAWI: HIV-positive civil servants angry at switch from cash to food parcels
8 August 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive civil servants in Malawi are unhappy with the government's announcement that it would stop providing a cash grant to help improve their diet.
AFRICA: The crazy things they say: politicians and HIV
3 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Political commitment is key to the success of HIV programmes and African leaders have been at the forefront of the fight against HIV on the continent, but politicians also have the power to harm HIV/AIDS campaigns.
KENYA: Clinics struggle to keep patients not yet eligible for ARVs
2 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Jairus Musau tested HIV-positive two years ago, but when he was told he would not immediately be given antiretrovirals, his parents insisted he visit a traditional healer in his eastern Kenya hometown of Kitui.
Analysis: Understanding the drivers of homophobia in Ghana
1 August 2011 (PlusNews ), Recent condemnation of homosexuality by religious and political leaders in Ghana has led to a climate of fear preventing men who have sex with men (MSM) from accessing vital health services, say local NGOs.
HORN OF AFRICA: Drought and HIV - a dangerous combination
28 July 2011 (PlusNews ), More than 11.6 million people are facing starvation in the Horn of Africa, and as aid agencies struggle to feed them, experts are warning that a lack of food could have wider consequences, including jeopardizing the health of people on HIV treatment.
SWAZILAND: Desperate HIV-positive people eat cow dung to sustain treatment
28 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Organizations fighting HIV/AIDS in Swaziland were at first incredulous at reports that hundreds of impoverished HIV-positive rural residents were eating cow dung to give their stomachs something to digest before taking their antiretrovirals.
NEPAL: Migration main factor for HIV prevalence in west
27 July 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV prevalence in Achham is estimated at 1.7 percent, but many residents, who have never left the remote western district, know HIV only as “Bombay [Mumbai] disease”.
SOUTH AFRICA: Prisons expand HIV services
26 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Obtaining HIV treatment in jail is becoming easier as about 9 percent of South African prisons now offer antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in-house.
HIV/AIDS: Adult male circumcision – new developments
25 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Medical male circumcision has been a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed HIV prevention method for more than four years, with most countries still using relatively expensive surgical procedures that require anaesthetic, at least a couple of health workers and a six-week healing period. However, several new devices could revolutionize the amount of time, labour and money involved, enabling countries to rapidly scale up their programmes.
KENYA: Illiteracy hampers treatment programmes
25 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Isaac Nanok religiously collects his antiretrovirals (ARVs) from his local health centre every month, but the information on the packaging is meaningless as he is illiterate.
HIV/AIDS: Bad news for drug prices in middle-income countries
20 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Middle-income countries with large numbers of people living with HIV will no longer benefit from preferential pricing when buying antiretroviral drugs from large pharmaceutical companies, according to the annual Médecins Sans Frontières drug pricing report, Untangling the Web of ARV Price Reductions.
AFRICA: Combination ART offers near-normal lifespan - study
19 July 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive Africans on combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to live almost as long as their HIV-negative peers, according to a new study by Canada's British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS: Treatment as prevention – the tough road ahead
18 July 2011 (PlusNews ), The sixth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention started optimistically as the hype surrounding the use of antiretroviral treatment to prevent HIV infection gained momentum. But the focus of much discussion in Rome from 17-20 July will undoubtedly be on how to transform the recent promising research findings into workable policy.
SWAZILAND: Confusion and panic over supply of ARVs
18 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Unease is mounting in Swaziland after reports that supplies of antiretrovirals are dangerously low. Resources have never been adequate to tackle the world’s highest HIV infection rate in the tiny kingdom, but in recent months, the cash-poor government and dwindling donor funding have led to increasing panic among people living with HIV.
AFRICA: Political leadership key to male circumcision success
18 July 2011 (PlusNews ), Countries that have been quick to incorporate medical male circumcision into their HIV prevention programmes are already seeing good results compared with those that have been slower to embrace the procedure, say experts.
HIV/AIDS: More proof that PrEP works
14 July 2011 (PlusNews ), A new study has added to growing evidence that a daily dose of antiretroviral treatment taken by the HIV-negative partner in a heterosexual, HIV-discordant relationship can significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
HIV/AIDS: Survey reveals gaps in HIV programming for MSM
14 July 2011 (PlusNews ), A new global survey of more than 5,000 men who have sex with men reveals a marginalized group of people with little access to basic HIV prevention tools such as condoms and few means to learn about HIV.
KENYA: More cervical cancer screening for HIV-positive women urged
12 July 2011 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government is taking steps to incorporate screening for cervical cancer - one of the biggest killers of women of child-bearing age - into HIV care, but health workers say low awareness means the uptake of this vital service is low.

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