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Weird science helping bid to defeat virus

NAIROBI, 23 September 2011 (PlusNews) - Computer gamers, glow-in-the-dark cats and neutralizing viruses sound like the stuff of science fiction but they may be the key to eliminating HIV. full report

EGYPT: HIV-positive people battle health service discrimination

CAIRO, 31 August 2011 (PlusNews) - The last time Mustafa Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian living with HIV, visited a hospital in Cairo, he was treated so shoddily by the medical personnel that eight years on he refuses to go back. full report

HIV/AIDS: "Worrying" drop in global spending

NAIROBI, 17 August 2011 (PlusNews) - International funding for HIV fell by 10 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS; activists worry that a continued reduction will undermine progress in global HIV prevention and treatment efforts. full report

HIV/AIDS: Female condoms slowly gaining popularity - report

NAIROBI, 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. full report

HIV/AIDS: More proof that PrEP works

NAIROBI, 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. full report

HIV/AIDS: Survey reveals gaps in HIV programming for MSM

NAIROBI, 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. full report

HIV/AIDS: Gilead first to join medicines patent pool

NAIROBI, 12 July 2011 (PlusNews) - Gilead Sciences has become the first pharmaceutical company to sign a licensing agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool to increase access to HIV and Hepatitis B treatment in developing countries. full report

HIV/AIDS: Older ARVs associated with premature ageing

NAIROBI, 27 June 2011 (PlusNews) - Certain antiretroviral drugs commonly used in the developing world may be responsible for premature ageing, according to the authors of a new study published in the journal, Nature Genetics. Newer, less toxic but more expensive ARVs are more commonly used in the Western world. full report

HIV/AIDS: New guidelines on HIV programming for MSM

NAIROBI, 22 June 2011 (PlusNews) - HIV and gay rights activists say new guidelines released by the UN World Health Organization on HIV programming for men who have sex with men will not only improve health service provision for MSM, but will also act as an advocacy tool in the fight for the rights of this marginalized population. full report

AFRICA: New light shed on male sex work

JOHANNESBURG, 20 June 2011 (PlusNews) - Commercial sex work, dominated by a focus on women, could be redefined as new research launched today in Nairobi, Kenya, sheds light on the complicated HIV prevention needs of what may be Africa’s most deeply underground group at high risk of HIV - male sex workers. full report
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