Condoms needed in PNG prisons

BANGKOK, 14 March 2013 (PlusNews) - A Papua New Guinea (PNG) study released today calls for condoms to be made more widely available in prisons. full report

HIV/AIDS: Low prevalence, high stigma in Bangladesh

DHAKA, 31 December 2012 (PlusNews) - Even though HIV prevalence in Bangladesh is as low as 0.1 percent of the 160 million population, experts fear that widespread discrimination towards people who test positive for HIV may leave infections unreported. full report

Briefing: Vietnam’s move away from detaining sex workers

HANOI, 20 December 2012 (PlusNews) - Sex workers in Vietnam are struggling to figure out their next steps after the government’s decision earlier this year to release them from compulsory detention centres that have been widely condemned for alleged human rights abuses. full report

How to: Map sexual networks

NEW YORK CITY, 30 November 2012 (PlusNews) - With whom did you last have sex? When? Where? How? At crowded food stalls and in dimly lit bars, Kelvin Parker carries out what HIV researchers call “sexual networking mapping”. full report

PHILIPPINES: Social media link to rising HIV among MSM

MANILA, 21 November 2012 (PlusNews) - Social media, coupled with prevailing unsafe sexual practices, is driving up levels of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM), health experts warn. full report

HEALTH: TB response failing children

JOHANNESBURG, 16 November 2012 (PlusNews) - The global fight against tuberculosis (TB) has failed children: most TB programmes under-diagnose, under-treat or completely leave children with TB out, despite the increase in paediatric TB, and rising numbers of children who are infected with drug-resistant forms of TB strains, according to new research. full report

HEALTH: A timeline of Global Fund reforms

JOHANNESBURG, 27 September 2012 (PlusNews) - Change is afoot at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In 2010, after allegations of fraud among fund recipients in Mali, Mauritania and Zambia, the Global Fund put together an independent, high-level panel to review its financial controls and assess how grant money is spent. The Fund is now implementing the panel's recommendations. full report

HEALTH: The Global Fund adopts new funding model

JOHANNESBURG, 25 September 2012 (PlusNews) - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has released initial details on its new funding model, which will change the way countries apply for money. But as the Fund works to finalize the model before next year, civil society is criticizing the process for being untransparent and rushed. full report

HIV/AIDS: Religion not a barrier to HIV treatment

NAIROBI, 22 August 2012 (PlusNews) - Preachers who promise divine healing have often been blamed for turning desperate HIV-positive people against their life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication and risking their health, but recent research suggests that religious beliefs may not be a barrier to treatment after all. full report

HEALTH: Major price cut for rapid TB test

NAIROBI, 7 August 2012 (PlusNews) - The cost of a highly accurate, rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) has been reduced by 40 percent under a new agreement between the US government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the health financing mechanism, UNITAID. full report
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