HIV/AIDS (PlusNews)

RV144 vaccine trial - what happens next?

BANGKOK, 14 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Scientists could not explain how two infection-fighting proteins in humans affected the rate of HIV infection in participants of the vaccine trial in Thailand known as RV144 – until now. full report

RWANDA: Plan to treat HIV discordant couples

KIGALI, 12 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - HIV-positive Rwandans in discordant relationships will start taking antiretroviral treatment as soon as they test positive as part of a plan to boost national HIV prevention and treatment efforts. full report

MALAWI: ARV supply and funding woes

BLANTYRE, 9 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - By 9am, the Limbe Health Centre in Malawi's second city, Blantyre, is already full. HIV-positive patients are lining up to collect their antiretrovirals, despite reports of shortages at state clinics and hospitals. full report

KENYA-SOMALIA: Refugees at risk of sexual violence

DADAAB, 8 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Amina*, 27, left her home town of Kismayo in south-central Somalia at the end of May for northern Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. The journey took her and her four children 14 days and nearly broke them, but between the famine and the conflict, she was afraid that staying in Somalia could mean death. full report

BURUNDI: Deaths reported as ARV shortage continues

BUJUMBURA, 5 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Burundian NGOs say at least 20 people have died as a national shortage of antiretroviral continues. full report

ZAMBIA: Low STI testing puts HIV-positive pregnant women at risk

LUSAKA, 1 September 2011 (PlusNews Global) - While most pregnant women in Zambia are now tested for HIV, other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis are not being diagnosed, placing the lives of thousands of women at risk. full report

EGYPT: HIV-positive people battle health service discrimination

CAIRO, 31 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - 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

UGANDA: Calls for inclusion of MSM in new HIV strategy

KAMPALA, 26 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - A new national HIV/AIDS strategic plan for Uganda is due to be finalized before the year's end, and gay rights activists are urging its authors to break with tradition and, for the first time, provide for programming for men who have sex with men. full report

ASIA: 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

CAMBODIA: HIV exacts big toll, says report

PHNOM PENH, 26 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Prach Vothy, a single mother of two living with HIV, is struggling to make ends meet. Food for herself and her family is often little more than a bowl of boiled water lilies – one of the cheapest items in the local market. full report
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