BANGKOK, 28 March 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - As a UN high-level panel completes worldwide consultations [ http://www.post2015hlp.org/ ] to pick development goals for 2015 and beyond, PlusNews consulted experts to see how HIV/AIDS might fit into this new agenda.
MAPUTO, 15 March 2013 (PlusNews) - 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.
KAMPALA, 14 March 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - 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.
HARARE, 12 March 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - 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.
JOHANNESBURG, 5 March 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - 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.
KAMPALA, 1 March 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - 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.
NAIROBI, 26 February 2013 (PlusNews) - 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.
Mwiterere, who has lived with HIV for over a decade, escaped with his life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), but many people were not so lucky. They were forced to abandon their ARVs in the frenzy, missing several days' doses and risking drug-resistance in the process.
HARARE, 8 February 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - HIV-positive women are living longer, but are now dying of cervical cancer. In Zimbabwe, cervical cancer is now the most common cancer among women, particularly those living with HIV. Activists are urging the government to step up efforts to prevent deaths related to the disease, accusing it of paying lip service to the problem.
KAMPALA, 6 February 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - The sale of HIV test kits to the public by private chemists in Uganda is causing concern among health officials, who feel that HIV testing should remain in the hands of professionals and be accompanied by counselling.
A number of pharmacies in the capital, Kampala, are stocking HIV test kits imported from China, India and several European countries; they retail for as little as 3,000 Uganda shillings (US$1.12).
KAMPALA, 30 January 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - All people who seek treatment in health centres in Uganda will be offered HIV testing and counselling under a new plan to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment.
The acting programme manager of the AIDS Control Programme at the Ministry of Health, Alex Ario, says the campaign, 'Know your Status', will be rolled out in phases to accommodate the country's struggling health system and low health worker numbers.
KAMPALA, 23 January 2013 (PlusNews) - A new Ugandan HIV-prevention campaign that frankly addresses sexual infidelity is generating heated debate over the direction the country's HIV strategy should take.
Billboards erected in various parts of the capital, Kampala, by Uganda Cares - a programme of the US NGO AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) - bear the image of a broken heart and the lines "Cheating? Use a condom" and "Cheated on? Get tested".
MONROVIA, 22 January 2013 (PlusNews) - 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”.
From 2006 to 2013 some 26,000 HIV cases were reported, but of that number just 10,911 patients are enrolled in treatment centres, according to the Aids Control Programme manager Sonpon Blamo Sieh.
BRAZZAVILLE, 18 January 2013 (PlusNews) - 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.
"This significant decrease is due to many innovative and effective actions: screening using a mobile unit, as well as HIV/AIDS fairs throughout Congo to help inform young people about their vulnerability," said Health Minister François Ibovi.
JOHANNESBOURG, 16 janvier 2013 (PlusNews) - Le seul essai clinique de vaccin anti-VIH ayant obtenu un succès modéré a été réalisé il y a trois ans. Encore aujourd’hui toutefois, l’interprétation de ses résultats continue d’apporter de nouvelles informations au sujet du virus et ravive l’espoir d’un futur vaccin.
JOHANNESBURG, 15 January 2013 (PlusNews) - The only HIV vaccine trial to achieve moderate success took place four years ago, yet it continues to reveal new information about the virus and renew hopes for a future vaccine.
HARARE, 11 January 2013 (PlusNews) - Chronic shortages of generic and antiretroviral drugs, stock-outs, high medication costs, and long distances to clinics are some of the hurdles people face in their quest to access essential medicines in Zimbabwe.
At any given time, public health facilities in much of Zimbabwe have in stock only half of a core set of critical medicines, according to findings from civil society groups working to improve access to medicines in Southern Africa.
ADDIS ABABA, 9 January 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - 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.
KAMPALA, 7 January 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - Uganda continues to fall short of achieving its goal of ensuring that 80 percent of people living with HIV receive antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by 2015, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC).
Some 62 percent of those needing HIV treatment were on ARVs in March 2012, up from 50 percent in 2010. Uganda managed to enrol an estimated 65,493 new HIV cases on life-prolonging ARVs in 2012, bringing to 356,056 the number of those receiving ARVs, according to UAC statistics.
NDHIWA, 2 January 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - Milka*, a 25-year-old HIV-positive mother-of-three, knew through prenatal visits to her local clinic in Ndhiwa District, western Kenya, that feeding her newborn daughter only with breast milk would increase the infant's chances of staying free of HIV.
DHAKA, 31 December 2012 (PlusNews) - Even though HIV prevalence in Bangladesh is as low as 0.1 percent of the 160 million population, experts fear that widespread discrimination towards people who test positive for HIV may leave infections unreported.
“It is possible that due to social stigmatization towards HIV-positive people, people with HIV can go unreported,” said Munir Ahmed, a social mobilization adviser at UNAIDS in Bangladesh.