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Indonesia to override patents for live-saving medicines

JAKARTA, 25 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - The Indonesian government hopes to implement one of the largest ever examples of “compulsory licensing”, which will enable the generic manufacture of drugs still under patent. full report

Uganda government under pressure to boost ARV funding

KAMPALA, 14 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - The Ugandan government's draft 2013/2014 budget allocates US$38.5 million to enrol a further 100,000 people living with HIV on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. But activists say the money, while welcome in a country still largely dependent on donor funds for its HIV programmes, is not sufficient to meet treatment needs. full report

Third-line ARVs could widen treatment gap in Zimbabwe

HARARE, 12 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - HIV/AIDS activists in Zimbabwe have welcomed the government’s move to address the problem of HIV drug resistance by introducing third-line antiretroviral drug (ARVs). But it remains unclear how the cash-strapped government will finance this, as procuring the drugs will invariably be expensive and could divert resources away from other HIV treatment efforts. full report

Kenya’s HIV programmes steel themselves for elections

NAIROBI, 26 February 2013 (PlusNews Global) - When violence broke out following the announcement of Kenya’s poll results in 2007, Henry Mwiterere and his family fled to safety shortly before their house, in the Rift Valley town of Burnt Forest, was burned to the ground. full report

Uganda begins rollout of provider-initiated HIV testing

KAMPALA, 30 January 2013 (PlusNews Global) - All people who seek treatment in health centres in Uganda will be offered HIV testing and counselling under a new plan to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment. full report

Fewer pregnant women with HIV in Congo

BRAZZAVILLE, 18 January 2013 (PlusNews Global) - The HIV infection rate has declined among pregnant women in the Republic of Congo from 3.4 percent in 2009 to 2.8 percent in 2012, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, which said it had taken specific action to help this section of the population. full report

HIV/AIDS: Uganda still behind on ARV target

KAMPALA, 7 January 2013 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda continues to fall short of achieving its goal of ensuring that 80 percent of people living with HIV receive antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by 2015, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC). full report

Briefing: Vietnam’s move away from detaining sex workers

HANOI, 20 December 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Sex workers in Vietnam are struggling to figure out their next steps after the government’s decision earlier this year to release them from compulsory detention centres that have been widely condemned for alleged human rights abuses. full report

HIV/AIDS: New WHO guidelines urge decriminalization of sex work

NAIROBI, 18 December 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines - titled 'Prevention and Treatment of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections for Sex Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries' - recommending, among other things, that countries should work towards decriminalizing sex work. full report

HIV/AIDS: The HIV prevention agenda

JOHANNESBURG, 13 December 2012 (PlusNews Global) - If the world scales-up HIV treatment and prevention in the next two years, a critical tipping point - in which those on treatment outnumber those newly infected with the virus - could be reached, according to the global HIV prevention advocacy organization AVAC. full report
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