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Bringing HIV/AIDS out into the open in Liberia

MONROVIA, 22 January 2013 (PlusNews Global) - Stigma, discrimination and difficulty in reaching health clinics has led over half of new HIV cases in Liberia to go untreated, says the National AIDS Control Programme of Liberia, which calls the situation “alarming”. 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

Concerns over HIV/AIDS funding cuts

ADDIS ABABA, 9 January 2013 (PlusNews Global) - Major projected cuts in US government funding for Ethiopia’s health sector could greatly undermine the progress the country has made in the fight against HIV, authorities and experts say. full report

How to: Map sexual networks

NEW YORK CITY, 30 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - With whom did you last have sex? When? Where? How? At crowded food stalls and in dimly lit bars, Kelvin Parker carries out what HIV researchers call “sexual networking mapping”. full report

HIV/AIDS: The beginning of the end of AIDS? Not quite

NAIROBI, 29 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The world is not on track to meet ambitious targets to significantly reduce sexual transmission of HIV, virtually eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission and achieve universal access to treatment by 2015, according to a new report by global advocacy group ONE. full report

HEALTH: New Global Fund executive director on the Fund’s future

JOHANNESBURG, 20 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - After months of headhunting and interviews, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has appointed Mark Dybul, former director of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as its new executive director. Dybul spoke to IRIN/PlusNews about the future of the Fund. full report

HEALTH: The Global Fund - a week in review

JOHANNESBURG, 19 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - As the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria gears up for its next replenishment meeting, the body’s leadership reflects some big changes. Among these are the axing of the Fund’s inspector general, John Parsons, and the appointment of Mark Dybul, previously of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as executive director. full report

HIV/AIDS: "Mild growth" in private US, EU funding for HIV

NAIROBI, 9 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Private philanthropists in the European Union and the US spent some US$644 million on global HIV/AIDS programmes in 2011, a 5 percent increase from 2010, largely driven by funding from a small number of large donors, a new report has revealed. full report

UGANDA: Mixed progress in male circumcision campaign

KAMPALA, 6 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - More than 380,000 Ugandan men have been circumcised in the last two years as part the government's HIV-prevention efforts, new statistics reveal. full report

HEALTH: Uneven progress in global TB fight

NAIROBI, 17 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halting and reversing the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic by 2015 has been achieved, and the world is on track to meet the target of reducing global TB prevalence by 50 percent by 2015. But the progress has been irregular, with Africa and Europe lagging behind the rest of the world, according to the new Global Tuberculosis report by the UN World Health Organization (WHO). full report
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