Health

Treatment to Prevent Women's HIV Transmission Stopped

Scoop, 1 February 2007.

Due to a higher number of infections among those women taking the microbicide cellulose sulfate, as compared to the placebo group, the new treatment has been stopped, the United Nations has reported. 

In a joint statement the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS  (UNAIDS),  said there is currently no explanation for this higher rate of transmission of HIV.

Red Cross Increases Budget to Fight HIV and AIDS

Cape Argus, 1 February 2007.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has indicated that it will increase its budget for 2007 by 80% to $285 million in the fight against AIDS and HIV and the encroaching threat of climate change.

Red Cross notes climate change as one of the major threats facing the world, stating that the number of floods worldwide jumped to 137 last year from 63 in 2004. The fight against HIV and AIDS will also remain a key priority in 2007.

SA Celebs Bare All for HIV/AIDS Campaign

Marie Claire, 23 January 2007.

Eighteen South African celebrities have posed naked for Marie Claire magazine’s Each One Reach One Campaign to raise funds for the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) fight against HIV/AIDS.

The proceeds from the nude portraits, which are up for auction until 1 March  2007 , will be donated to the TAC. The portraits will be featured in a February special edition of Marie Claire. Bids for the nude portraits start at R1 000.

TAC Refuses to be Distracted by Anthony Brink’s Lunacy

12 January 2007

The Treatment Action Campaign would like to inform the public and the media that it refuses to waste public resources in dignifying Anthony Brink’s lunatic call for the International Criminal Court to prosecute its chairperson Zackie Achmat.

Anthony Brink’s actions serve only to insult the rationality of all sane people and the difficult experiences of millions of people who live with HIV/AIDS in the world. We therefore ask that the media not to call our organization for comment on this as this is our official comment.

SA Unveils Supercomputer for HIV Research

Tectonic, 9 January 2007. 

The Meraka Institute, Intel and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have unveiled a new high performance computer designed to assist in HIV and AIDS research.

The supercomputer, which will be based at the Meraka Institute offices in Pretoria, uses a cluster of 32 dual-processor servers powered by Intel Itanium 2 processors and 32 dual-processor servers with Intel Xeon processors, running  a Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

National Civil Society HIV/AIDS Congress

A Victory for Civil Society Activism

Sipho Mathathi, Secretary General of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), victoriously holds up her fist at the National Civil Society HIV and AIDS Prevention and Treatment Congress, a watershed event marking a dramatic change in government’s outlook in dealing with the treatment of HIV and AIDS, after sustained civil society lobbying and advocacy.

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