HIV/AIDS (PlusNews)

Mozambique’s first HIV vaccine trial heralds new era in local research

MAPUTO, 15 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - Mozambique has completed its first HIV vaccine trial and is set to embark on a second, a demonstration of the country’s increased HIV research capacity. 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

In Brief: Condoms needed in PNG prisons

BANGKOK, 14 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - A Papua New Guinea (PNG) study released today calls for condoms to be made more widely available in prisons. 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

HIV/AIDS: Disappointment in HIV prevention trial

JOHANNESBURG, 5 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - A three-year clinical trial involving over 5,000 women in East and Southern Africa has found that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - whether a vaginal gel or an oral tablet - is not effective at preventing HIV infection in young, unmarried women. full report

Analysis: Condoms continue to confound Uganda

KAMPALA, 1 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - The condom has played a central role in Uganda’s official HIV prevention strategy for over two decades, but the country has yet to get it right, with condom use declining and the government unable to meet what demand does exist. full report

Global Fund announces first new grants under new model

JOHANNESBURG, 28 February 2013 (PlusNews Global) - After spending more than a year reviewing and reforming its grant process, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is back in business, announcing the first handful of countries slated to receive up to US$1.9 billion in available funding over the next two years. 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

Activists pressure Kenya's presidential candidates to act on HIV

BOMET, 25 February 2013 (PlusNews Global) - A small team of HIV/AIDS activists is trailing Kenyan presidential candidates as they crisscross the country, pressing them to increase their commitment to the care and treatment of people living with HIV. full report

Lack of “lube” hurts HIV prevention

KATHMANDU, 21 February 2013 (PlusNews Global) - Safer-sex messaging on condoms is universal but the generally poor availability of lubricants, and awareness of them, is hindering HIV prevention, health activists warn. full report
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