HIV/AIDS (PlusNews)

Growing old with HIV

WASHINGTON DC, 26 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - It's hard enough dealing with the aches and pains that usually come with getting older, but when you're HIV-positive, ageing brings more chronic illnesses, even more medication, and a health system that is not ready to cope with this relatively new phenomenon. 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

HIV/AIDS: New ways to fund the fight

WASHINGTON DC, 25 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - While global HIV funding has stayed flat in recent years, poorer countries have quietly been putting more of their own money into financing the HIV response. "Something very interesting has been happening" in Africa, Bernhard Schwartländer, director of strategy at UNAIDS told a plenary session at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington DC. full report

HIV/AIDS: Straight Talk with Mark Eldon-Edington, Global Fund director of country programmes

WASHINGTON DC, 24 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria is changing the way it does business, and the way it disburses money. In 2010, after allegations of fraud among fund recipients in Mali, Mauritania and Zambia, the Global Fund put together an independent, high-level panel to review its financial controls and how grant money is spent. The Fund is now implementing the panel's recommendations. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Mother-to-child HIV transmission still falling

WASHINGTON DC, 23 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - South Africa has charted a significant decline in mother-to-child HIV transmission for the second consecutive year, with new data showing that just 2.7 percent of babies born to HIV-positive mums contracted the virus at six weeks of age, compared to 8 percent in 2008. full report

HIV/AIDS: "End of AIDS" in sight

WASHINGTON DC, 23 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - There is no cure or vaccine yet, but "the end of AIDS" was the buzzword at the opening ceremony of the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC on 22 July. full report

HIV/AIDS: Better paediatric HIV formulations

WASHINGTON DC, 23 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Fewer babies are being born HIV-positive, but treatment for the more than three million children living with HIV remains under-researched and underfunded. As part of efforts to boost access to paediatric HIV treatment, researchers are getting creative, moving to better pills, kid-friendly treatment "sprinkles", micro-tabs and even medicine-dispensing pacifiers. 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

HIV/AIDS: WHO issues guidelines on PrEP

NAIROBI/KAMPALA, 20 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Days after US officials gave unprecedented approval for the use of an antiretroviral drug by HIV-negative people to reduce the risk of their acquiring the HI virus, the World Health Organization has issued guidance to governments on so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis. full report

AFRICA: Domestic investment in HIV up but uneven

NAIROBI, 19 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Many sub-Saharan African nations - traditionally the beneficiaries of international HIV funding - are gradually increasing their financial contributions to the fight against the virus, boosting the number of people on treatment to record highs according to a new UNAIDS report, Together We Will End AIDS, released on 18 July. full report
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