hiv/aids

HEAIDS Welcomes Flavoured Condoms

The Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) has welcomed the idea of giving colourful and flavoured condoms to tertiary institutions.

HEAIDS director, Ramneek Ahluwalia, points out that encouraging condom use among tertiary students is a good place to start, since many students join the higher education and training facilities from the age of 15.

The comments follow a report by the Human Sciences Research Council, which highlights that it is between the ages of 15 to 24 where the youth is most at risk of acquiring HIV.

Gays Divided Over HIV Prevention Drug

A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50 000 a year in the United States.

ARVs Dropout Rate a Concern - UN

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the world can learn from South Africa's ‘impressive’ rollout of antiretroviral treatment to more than two million people but too many of those on treatment are being ‘lost’ in the system.

Director of the WHO’s HIV department,  Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, points out that South Africa has shown other countries that access to treatment could be scaled up quickly.

SA Tops in New HIV Infections

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) says the proportion of South Africans infected with HIV has increased from 10.6 percent in 2008 to 12.2 percent in 2012.

According to the HSRC’s National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey, the total number of infected South Africans now stands at 6.4 million; 1.2 million more than in 2008.

It says women aged between 30 and 34 and males aged 35 to 39 have the highest infection rates: 36 percent of females and 28.8 percent of males in these respective age groups contracted HIV.

Progress in the Fight Against HIV

A new study by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has revealed that while KwaZulu-Natal remains the focal point of the HIV epidemic in South Africa, progress is being made on early diagnosis, intervention and treatment.

MSF is also commending government interventions on treatment in Eshowe and Mbongolwane in northern KwaZulu-Natal, saying that early diagnosis and administration of antiretroviral therapy are bearing fruit.

Anova Health Institute: Provincial Coordinators - Health4Men

Anova Health Institute is a leading partner in capacity building and the provision of technical support to the Department of Health, with a reputation for innovative responses and ground-breaking research in HIV.

Anova Health Institute seeks to appoint Provincial Coordinators, based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Kimberley.

One of Anova's projects, Health4Men is looking for the skills of a Provincial Coordinator to coordinate, monitor and oversee the implementation of the Health4Men project in one of four provinces.

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.

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.

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.

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