HIV and AIDS

Male Circumcision for KwaZulu-Natal

More than 200 men and boys had themselves circumcised in the first government-supported circumcision camp at Eshowe, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The circumcision camp at Eshowe’s FET College follows the government’s announcement that it will scale up medical male circumcision as part of the comprehensive HIV prevention strategy.

The plan is aimed at circumcising two million men in the next five years. Women are also encouraged to have their newborn babies circumcised immediately after birth.

ARV Donor Money Running Out, Says MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned that donors are disengaging from the fight against HIV/AIDS leaving behind millions who are still in dire need of lifesaving treatment in South Africa and other hard-hit Sub-Saharan African countries.

The organisation, which supports the care and treatment of more than 160 000 people in 27 countries, states that continued donor support will enable people living with HIV/AIDS to continue receiving treatment, warning that a reversal will lead to excessive loss of life.

Legal Grounds: Reproductive and Sexual Rights in African Commonwealth Courts, Volume II

‘Legal Grounds: Reproductive and Sexual Rights in African Commonwealth Courts, Volume II’ is a compilation of case summaries and analytical highlights that draws attention to the interpretation and application of human rights norms by courts in African Commonwealth countries. It focuses on issues pertaining to reproductive and sexual health and rights, including gender-based violence, marriage-related gender discrimination, validity of customary and religious marriages, property inheritance and distribution, abortion and claims of fetal interests, and HIV discrimination.

Escorted Activists Arrive in JHB

A group of AIDS activists which have been detained by Tanzanian authorities and escorted to the airport, have arrived in Johannesburg after attending meetings related to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Dar es Salam.

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) advocate coordinator, Paula Akugizibwe, points out that, "I feel disappointed. It was quite clear that our intentions were non-threatening."

Little Progress in Achieving Gender Equality

Across the globe, women's rights defenders have been campaigning for an end to violence against women. South Africa is no exception. Workshops, launches, exhibitions, training events and celebrations take place across the country and the region, intensifying during national and global campaigns, such as the 16 Days of Activism to end Violence Against Women, an event taking place every December.

SA Urged to Tackle Poverty and Unemployment

Independent political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says poverty and the high rate of unemployment in the country still poses a huge challenge to South African citizens, 16-years into the country's democracy.

Fikeni points out that while some work has been achieved, unemployment, HIV and education are still the biggest problems the government must work hard to improve.

Zuma Discloses HIV Status

President Jacob Zuma has received the loudest applause when he told a gathering in Ekurhuleni that he is HIV negative.

Zuma pointed out that, “After careful consideration, I have decided to share my test results with South Africans. The purpose is to promote openness and to eradicate the silence and stigma that accompanies this epidemic.”

New HIV Treatment for Gauteng

The Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development has announced that the new HIV and AIDS treatments will be available in all the province’s hospitals and clinics from this month.

The department spokesperson, Mandla Sidu, points out that, "The new guidelines ensure that all HIV-positive pregnant women and patients on TB treatment with a CD4 count of 350 or less will now receive antiretrovirals (ARVs) from government clinics and hospitals."

The Controversial Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill: A Human Rights Concern

The Republic of Uganda implemented the Penal Code Act which defines homosexuality as an offence punishable by law on 15 June 1950 (2). The Ugandan Constitution furthermore forbids same-sex marriages(3), a decree that impinges on citizens’ human rights on the grounds of traditional family norms.

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