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By Arnold R. Grahl
In 1994, Marion Bunch lost her son, Jerry, to AIDS.
It was early in the U.S. AIDS epidemic, and the stigma of the disease kept her from talking about her son’s illness with anyone but family members. But three years later, Bunch recalls feeling a tap on her shoulder and hearing a voice telling her to “get up and get going.”
“It was an epiphany … that completely altered the course of my life,” she says.
Efforts to get women controlled HIV prevention tools have once again suffered a setback following the release of final results from a 4 year study that that sought to determine the safety and effectiveness of two antiretroviral (ARV)-based HIV prevention approaches in women.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Delft South Clinic
Cape Town, South Africa
August 8, 2012
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is such a great pleasure and honor to be with all of you here today to mark a new chapter in our country’s shared fight against HIV/AIDS.
KAMPALA, 29 September 2011 (PLUSNEWS) - Hopes for a female-controlled HIV prevention tool have been dealt a blow by the termination of one part of a large African trial after it failed to show effectiveness.
Andrew Mitchell today set out plans to save the lives of more than 7,000 pregnant women as part of Britain’s drive to cut maternal deaths in developing countries.
Women in South Africa and Uganda will benefit from a number of new projects aimed at increasing access to contraception and family planning, ensuring more medical experts are on hand for pregnant women and using the latest technologies to keep track of their progress.
JOHANNESBURG, 18 April 2011 (PLUSNEWS) - A three-country study has been halted after daily doses of the antiretroviral (ARV) Truvada, used as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), failed to prevent HIV infection in the women participating.
Family Health International (FHI) will begin closing FEM-PrEP trial sites in Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa after early results showed no difference in the rate of HIV infection among women taking the ARV and those taking the placebo.
LIVINGSTONE, 3 April 2008 (IRIN) - South Africa cut a lone figure in Zambia's tourist capital of Livingstone as the only African country not to endorse a global ban on the use of all cluster munitions.
Africa's economic powerhouse and the continent's leading arms producer was the odd one out following a two day meeting of 39 African countries, which on 1 April, endorsed the Livingstone Declaration calling for the eradication of all cluster munitions.
Cluster munitions were first used by the former Soviet Union during the Second World War and quickly became part of …
JOHANNESBURG, 6 February (IRIN) - South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma's visit to Uganda on Monday was part of a wider initiative to bring about solutions to the conflicts in the Great Lakes region, a spokeswoman for Zuma told IRIN on Tuesday.