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  • AIDS Cure Within Antibodies?

    The discovery of how a woman's body responded to her HIV infection by making antibodies may hold the clue to a cure for AIDS.

    In a study that was published in the scientific journal, Nature, South African and American researchers describe how the research team found and identified these antibodies in her blood, and then duplicated them by cloning the antibodies in a laboratory.

    Salim Abdool Karim, co-author and head of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, states that the potent antibodies take years to develop as they constantly evolve, the woman’s antibodies were discovered three years after she got infected and were traced backwards to outline how they changed in time.

    To read the article titled, “Clues to curing Aids could live in antibodies,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • US$65 Million to Fight HIV in Zim

    The United States has launched a US$65 million grant to complement the Zimbabwean government's HIV and AIDS prevention strategies in the disease-stricken country.

    The facility, which comes with 17 rough terrain vehicles, is launched through the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and will be used over an already running five-year programme.

    The programme will train 8 000 healthcare workers as well as provide mentorship in 1 500 sites designated for HIV prevention programmes.

    To read the article titled, “U.S Provides US$65 million for HIV fight,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Mswati Criticised Over Rights Violations

    According to the 2013 Freedom House Report, Swaziland remains the last supreme autocratic monarchy on the continent and this has led to citizens facing various human rights violations under King Mswati III’s government.

    The report finds that the parliamentary elections held in September 2013 have had no impact on reforming the escalating human rights and humanitarian crisis facing the country.

    According to the United Nations Programmes on HIV/AIDS, one of the many violations for which the king has been openly criticised is the government’s negligent approach to its HIV/AIDS programme. 

    The country that has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world of 26 percent.

    To read the article titled, “Eating cow dung while Mswati lives large: video,” click here.

    Times Live
  • Call to Distribute Condoms in Prisons Rejected

    Zambia rejects non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are calling for the distribution of condoms to inmates in prisons, saying the move will promote homosexuality and sodomy, which are against the country’s laws.

    Some NGOs have been advocating for the distribution of condoms in prisons as a way of reducing sexually transmitted disease.

    Home Affairs minister, Ngosa Simbyakula, states that government is not in support of the calls and asked what the condoms will be used for.

    To read the article titled, “No to condoms in our jails, says Zambia,” click here.

    News 24
  • Activist to Testify at Khayelitsha Inquiry

    Zackie Achmat, Treatment Action Campaign founder and HIV/AIDS activist, is expected to testify at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.

    The commission, set up by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, is probing allegations of police inefficiency in the area.

    The commission is investigating an alleged breakdown in relations between the community and police.

    To read the article titled, “HIV/AIDS activist to give testimony at Khayelitsha Inquiry,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Soccer Players Kick Out HIV

    Soccer players in Swaziland are not just kicking the ball, they are playing to kick out the HIV epidemic.

    The Knock Out Challenge is a soccer tournament organised by the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society (BSRCS) to help combat HIV in Swaziland, which has the highest rate of the deadly epidemic in the world.

    26.5 percent of Swaziland’s population is living with HIV/AIDS, the stigma of living with HIV often results in citizens not getting tested for HIV/AIDS, for fear of being socially ostracised by their communities.

    To read the article titled, “Kicking off to kick out HIV,” click here.

    All Africa
  • Partnership to Fight TB, HIV and Malaria

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced multimillion-rand partnerships with South African institutions to develop new medicines and vaccines for HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.

    The foundation partnered on two multi-year programmes, one with the Medical Research Council's Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) unit and the other with the University of Cape Town's Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D).

    The council would receive R125 million over three years to lead and fund research aimed at developing AIDS and TB vaccines, adding to the R130 million from the Department of Science and Technology and R60 million from the Department of Health.

    To read the article titled, “Gates Foundation, SA link to combat HIV, TB, malaria,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • UNAIDS Commends SA on AIDS

    New HIV infections in South Africa have fallen by a third since 2004, according to a report handed to Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe.
    The report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) shows that between 2004 and 2012, the number of new HIV infections fell from an estimated 540 000 to 370 000.
    UNAIDS Country Coordinator for South Africa, Catherine Sozi, says that government’s increased roll-out of the antiretroviral (ARV) therapy programme had averted an estimated 780 000 deaths between 2004 and 2012.
    To read the article titled, “UNAIDS has ‘good news’ about HIV in SA,” click here.

  • HIV, Easier to Live With - Activist

    The recent development of new and stronger HIV/AIDS drugs ensures that HIV becomes easier to live with.
    AIDS activist, David Patient, says he has lived with HIV for 30 years by leading a positive lifestyle and taking his medication correctly.
    "If I had a choice between being infected with HIV and living with diabetes, I would much rather take HIV. It is a much easier disease to live with, versus diabetes type 2. That is how manageable HIV is today. In fact, my life expectancy as a person living with HIV is longer than that for a person living with type 2 diabetes," states Patient.
    To read the article titled, “HIV is much easier to live with than diabetes: activist,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Wits University HIV Breakthrough

    Two University of the Witwatersrand scientists have made major strides in the quest of finding a vaccine to prevent the HIV infection. The researchers, Maria Papathanasopoulos and Dr Penny Moore, will present a research lecture on their internationally recognised work at the University of the Witwatersrand on 26 November 2013.

    Papathanasopoulos argues that, although condoms and male circumcision works to prevent HIV, about 1 000 South Africans are still infected every day.

    The researchers believe scientists need to know how to make broadly neutralising (special) antibodies and give people the right kind of HIV protein that instructs the body on how to make these antibodies if they are to make an effective vaccine.

    To read the article titled, “Wits HIV breakthrough,” click here.

    Times Live
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