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MSM groups hail pill to prevent HIV

NAIROBI, 24 November 2010 (PlusNews) - Gay rights groups have hailed the results of the first study to show that an antiretroviral (ARV) drug can prevent HIV as an important step in the fight against HIV, but say that in countries that criminalize homosexuality, the breakthrough is unlikely to have a significant impact. full report

HEALTH: New global plan aims to wipe out TB

Johannesburg, 14 October 2010 (PlusNews) - A new roadmap for curbing the global epidemic of tuberculosis aims to save five million lives between 2011 and 2015 and eliminate TB as a public health problem by 2050 but comes with a price tag of US$47 billion, nearly half of which must still be found. full report

HIV/AIDS: Global Fund looks to private sector to fill funding gap

JOHANNESBURG, 14 October 2010 (PlusNews) - With its coffers running at least US$1 billion short, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is looking to the private sector to fill the funding gap. full report

GLOBAL: Treating addiction can prevent HIV

Cape Town, 22 July 2009 (PlusNews) - Alcohol and drug addiction are major drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of the world, but for political and ideological reasons, scientists and clinicians have tended to shy away from this area of HIV research, while governments and donors have been reluctant to fund programmes targeting addicts. full report

GLOBAL: Test and treat to wipe out AIDS

Cape Town, 21 July 2009 (PlusNews) - The idea of using antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) not only to treat HIV infection but also to prevent new infections, and eventually to eradicate the virus almost entirely, is being hotly debated at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa, this week. full report

GLOBAL: Scientific community urged to become activists

Cape Town, 20 July 2009 (PlusNews) - The 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention opened on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa, amidst reports that funding gaps and poor management are threatening supplies of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in at least six African countries. full report

GLOBAL: Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy

Cape Town, 20 July 2009 (PlusNews) - Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa. full report

GLOBAL: Male circumcision does not reduce partner's HIV risk

Johannesburg, 17 July 2009 (PlusNews) - New research suggests that circumcising HIV-positive men does not reduce the risk of their female partners becoming HIV-infected. full report

GLOBAL: Critical need for more viral load testing

Johannesburg, 16 July 2009 (PlusNews) - New research has again confirmed the importance of viral load testing, which measures the amount of HI virus in the blood, to determine whether someone on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is experiencing treatment failure and needs to be switched to a second-line drug regimen. full report

GLOBAL: As the money flows, so the world turns

JOHANNESBURG, 15 July 2009 (PlusNews) - The stats are in – 2008 was a bumper year for HIV/AIDS funding, according to a new report by UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on health. It is the kind of monitoring that may prove important as the global economic slowdown continues. full report
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