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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

SOUTH AFRICA: Revamped AIDS council makes its debut

JOHANNESBURG, 9 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - After a troubled past, a revamped South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) was recently unveiled, coinciding with the announcement that the country has achieved universal access to HIV treatment. South Africa must now ramp-up prevention, new SANAC CEO Fareed Abdullah said. full report

HIV/AIDS: Free ARVs for all in England

LONDON, 8 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - On the first day of October, a law change enabled everyone in England, regardless of their immigration status, to obtain free treatment for HIV and AIDS. This marks a victory for advocacy groups that have long argued that the health system restricted access to HIV treatment for some of the country's most vulnerable people. full report

KENYA: Study shows HIV stigma a barrier to health facility births

NAIROBI/KISUMU, 10 September 2012 (PlusNews Global) - When the time came for 24-year-old Jane Atieno to deliver her second child, she sought the services of a traditional birth attendant rather than the local clinic so she wouldn't have to be tested for HIV or agonize over how to tell her husband that health workers wanted him to attend her antenatal check-ups. full report

ETHIOPIA: Safe water critical to health of HIV-positive people

ADDIS ABABA, 27 August 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Beletu Hailemariam, 32, is HIV-positive and knows she should avoid contracting opportunistic infections that could further compromise her immune system. But she lives in one of poorer suburbs of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, and has to share a toilet with dozens of people and walk long distances to access clean water. A year ago, she was diagnosed with typhoid. full report

HIV/AIDS: Religion not a barrier to HIV treatment

NAIROBI, 22 August 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Preachers who promise divine healing have often been blamed for turning desperate HIV-positive people against their life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication and risking their health, but recent research suggests that religious beliefs may not be a barrier to treatment after all. full report

HEALTH: Major price cut for rapid TB test

NAIROBI, 7 August 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The cost of a highly accurate, rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) has been reduced by 40 percent under a new agreement between the US government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the health financing mechanism, UNITAID. 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

NAMIBIA: Partial victory for HIV-positive sterilized women

NAIROBI, 30 July 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The Namibian High Court has ruled that the human rights of three HIV-positive women were violated when they were coerced into being sterilized while they gave birth, but the judge dismissed claims that the sterilization amounted to discrimination based on their HIV status. 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
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