Ugandan authorities concerned as HIV self-test kits hit the market

KAMPALA, 6 February 2013 (PlusNews Global) - The sale of HIV test kits to the public by private chemists in Uganda is causing concern among health officials, who feel that HIV testing should remain in the hands of professionals and be accompanied by counselling. 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

UGANDA: Sex workers missing out on HIV care

KAMPALA, 14 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Sex workers in Uganda's capital, Kampala, are reluctant to seek HIV testing and treatment services, putting their health in jeopardy, preliminary results of a new study reveal. full report

KENYA: Media still need training on HIV

NAIROBI, 1 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Scourge. Plague. Killer disease. All are terms still routinely used by Kenya's media to describe the HIV epidemic more than thirty years after it was first identified. Experts say the media needs to step up to promote a better understanding of the illness. full report

KENYA: Study finds high acceptability, challenges with PrEP use

NAIROBI, 31 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Among populations at high risk of HIV, there is a high acceptance of pre-exposure prophylaxis - antiretroviral drugs used by HIV-negative people to reduce the risk of their acquiring HIV - a new Kenyan study has found. full report

AFRICA: Need for better research dissemination

ADDIS ABABA, 10 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - African research to improve patient care and treatment is growing, but the dissemination of evidence-based approaches to healthcare lags behind, experts say. full report

UGANDA: Condom use infrequent despite rising HIV rates

KAMPALA, 21 September 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Despite nationwide efforts to increase HIV awareness and common fears of unplanned pregnancy, young, sexually active Ugandans continue to have risky sex without using condoms consistently, spurring new measures to promote the prophylactic. full report

TANZANIA: Popular herbal cure-all "ineffective"

DAR ES SALAAM, 2 August 2012 (PlusNews Global) - A widely used concoction administered by Tanzanian herbalist Ambilikile Mwasapile is ineffective, the country's health minister, Hussein Mwinyi, has said. full report

HIV/AIDS: New investment in point-of-care evaluation

WASHINGTON DC, 25 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - International medicines financing mechanism UNITAID will invest more than US$140 million to evaluate point-of-care HIV diagnostic and monitoring technology in seven African countries. full report

INDONESIA: Condom controversy continues

JAKARTA, 20 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Rizki, 29, is wooing passers-by outside a bar in a red-light district near Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. In her five years as a commercial sex worker she has always urged clients to use a condom to avoid HIV infection. "About 70 percent of my customers use condoms," she said. "Some men get angry when I ask, but most comply." full report
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