HIV response at a crossroads

NAIROBI, 26 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - The Asia-Pacific region is at a critical point in its HIV response, states a UNAIDS report that shows a mix of successes and challenges over the past decade. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Policy turnaround on breastfeeding

PRETORIA, 26 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - South Africa’s high child mortality rates have forced the government to rethink its policy on infant feeding and move to discontinue the free provision of formula milk at hospitals and clinics, as well as promote an exclusive breastfeeding strategy for all mothers, including those living with HIV. full report

ETHIOPIA: Food for body and soul

ADDIS ABABA, 18 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Three years ago, Munit* was hungry, lonely and HIV-positive; her husband refused to be tested and she felt burdened by her secret status, unable to share her daily struggles with friends and family. full report

BURUNDI: A struggling PMTCT programme

BUJUMBURA, 12 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - A shortage of health facilities and health workers, frequent drug shortages and a weak government policy mean HIV-positive pregnant women in Burundi often give birth without taking any precautions to prevent transmission of the virus to their children. full report

SWAZILAND: Desperate HIV-positive people eat cow dung to sustain treatment

MBABANE, 28 July 2011 (PlusNews Global) - 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. full report

KENYA: Poor adherence threatens paediatric ARV programme

NAIROBI, 21 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - As Kenya puts more HIV-positive children on life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs, experts are warning that unless more effort is put into ensuring the medicines are taken regularly, widespread treatment failure could result. full report

ETHIOPIA: Five-year project to benefit OVC

ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Kokobe Abate is a widow struggling to raise her daughter Almaz in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The death of her husband hit the family hard, but he had given up on life long before he died. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Mother-to-child HIV transmission plummets

DURBAN, 9 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - The rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission has fallen to 3.5 percent according to a national survey by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) and researchers say the virtual elimination of vertical HIV transmission may now be possible by 2015. full report

HIV/AIDS: Thirty years of HIV

NAIROBI, 3 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - It is three decades since the first HIV case was reported and in that time, an estimated 30 million people have died, another 34 million are living with the virus and an estimated 7,000 new infections occur every day. But it is not all bad news - according to a new report by UNAIDS, a record 1.4 million people started antiretroviral drugs in 2010, and the global rate of new HIV infections declined by nearly 25 percent between 2001 and 2009. full report

HIV/AIDS: Young people at highest risk of HIV infection

JOHANNESBURG, 2 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - That young people are particularly vulnerable to HIV and AIDS is well established, but a new report reveals for the first time new data on HIV prevalence in this group, which accounts for almost half of new adult infections globally. full report
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