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Is AIDS still an emergency?

Johannesburg, 18 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - The rate of new HIV infections, which has fuelled the global HIV/AIDS epidemic since the 1980s, has peaked throughout the world and is now declining. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: WANTED - 4,000 doctors

Johannesburg, 14 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - With more South African doctors now working abroad than in the country's ailing public health sector, the government needs to start aggressively recruiting health workers from other countries, according to a non-profit recruitment organisation. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Drug-resistant TB demands new approaches

Durban, 3 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - The increasing number of South Africans contracting drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) demands a radically different approach than the current policy of isolating patients in specialised facilities for long periods. This was the message of several presentations at the first national TB conference, held in Durban this week. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Is there a better way to say "opportunistic infection"?

cape town, 2 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - After more than a quarter of a century of the AIDS pandemic, there is an extensive lexicon of jargon associated with HIV infection, but this has not made it any easier for doctors to communicate with their patients. full report

AFRICA: Mind your language - a short guide to HIV/AIDS slang

johannesburg, 18 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - HIV has hit our lives, our families, our economies; it also shapes the way we talk. IRIN/PlusNews looks at how the virus and its impact translates into everyday speech from the streets of Lagos to the townships of Johannesburg, and finds that despite the billions of dollars spent on positive communication strategies, the word on the street remains decidedly negative. full report

UGANDA: Routine HIV testing boosts uptake

Kampala, 11 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Routinely counselling and testing patients for HIV during regular clinic visits is proving effective in increasing testing numbers in several Ugandan districts. full report

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Understanding infidelity

cape town, 5 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - "Multiple, concurrent partnerships" has become the latest catchphrase in the HIV/AIDS lexicon. It refers to the practice of having more than one sexual partner at the same time, which experts say is a key driver of Southern Africa's devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Government urged to raise treatment standards

Johannesburg, 6 May 2008 (PlusNews Global) - HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines for South Africa's public health sector are out of sync not only with those of many other countries in the region, but also with the latest research on how to most effectively treat people living with HIV. full report

UGANDA: Only one third of TB patients cured

Kampala, 20 March 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Becky Mugisha* had been ill with a hacking cough for three months before she was admitted into one of Kampala’s busiest tuberculosis (TB) wards, but she recognised the symptoms long before that. It was her second bout with the disease. full report

UGANDA: ARVS bring sex back into marriages

Kampala, 14 March 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Fatuma and Hamidu Kamugisha met 12 years ago as hotel employees in Tanzania's Victoria Lake-side town of Mwanza and sparks flew. The couple hooked up, married and then returned to Hamidu’s native Uganda where they had four children. full report
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