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Growing old with HIV

WASHINGTON DC, 26 July 2012 (PlusNews) - It's hard enough dealing with the aches and pains that usually come with getting older, but when you're HIV-positive, ageing brings more chronic illnesses and even more medication; many health systems are not ready to cope with this relatively new phenomenon. full report

HIV/AIDS: WHO issues guidelines on PrEP

NAIROBI/KAMPALA, 20 July 2012 (PlusNews) - Days after US officials gave unprecedented approval for the use of an antiretroviral drug by HIV-negative people to reduce the risk of their acquiring the HI virus, the World Health Organization has issued guidance to governments on so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis. full report

AFRICA: Domestic investment in HIV up but uneven

NAIROBI, 19 July 2012 (PlusNews) - Many sub-Saharan African nations - traditionally the beneficiaries of international HIV funding - are gradually increasing their financial contributions to the fight against the virus, boosting the number of people on treatment to record highs according to a new UNAIDS report, Together We Will End AIDS, released on 18 July. full report

HIV/AIDS: Criminalization of drug use fuelling HIV

NAIROBI, 27 June 2012 (PlusNews) - The war against drugs is hurting the fight against HIV, according to a new report by the Global Commission on Drug policy, an international panel that advocates science-based strategies to reduce the harm caused by drugs. full report

HEALTH: The TB activist agenda

DURBAN, 14 June 2012 (PlusNews) - TB activists have a lot on their plates - whether it’s affordable access to the latest tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics, or pushing for more paediatric formulations. IRIN/PlusNews takes a look at the top three issues. full report

KENYA: Needles to be distributed to injecting drug users

MOMBASA, 7 June 2012 (PlusNews) - The Kenyan government will begin distributing free syringes and needles to more than 50,000 injecting drug users across the country in the next month. Policy-makers and experts said the decision was reached following concerns over the spread of HIV and other blood-borne illnesses through injection drug use. full report

KENYA: Migrant sex workers off the HIV prevention radar

NAIROBI, 31 May 2012 (PlusNews) - When Redempta*, 22, fled the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) two years ago and came to Kenya, she quickly had to find a source of income to feed and house herself and her two younger siblings. But as an illegal immigrant with no knowledge of local languages, her options were very limited. full report

KENYA: Curbing the spread of TB in infected households

KISUMU, 24 May 2012 (PlusNews) - Elsie, Bernard and their five children share a tiny tin-walled single room in Nyalenda, an informal settlement in Kisumu, in Kenya's Nyanza Province. They are both infected with HIV and TB. full report

EAST AFRICA: Regional HIV Bill passed without criminalization clause

NAIROBI, 27 April 2012 (PlusNews) - East Africa's Legislative Assembly has passed a regional HIV/AIDS Bill that seeks to protect the rights of people living with HIV and harmonize regional legislation and policy on the prevention and treatment of HIV. full report

KENYA: Protest over $500 million in unspent PEPFAR funds

NAIROBI/KISUMU, 25 April 2012 (PlusNews) - More than 400 Kenyan AIDS activists have demonstrated in the capital, Nairobi, demanding that the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief release some US$500 million for HIV programmes in Kenya that is stuck in the pipeline. full report

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