hiv/aids

NGO: Empower Sex Workers to Demand Safe Sex

The Badilika Foundation, a faith-based organisation working to transform lives of sex workers, states that Malawi will not win the fight against HIV and AIDS unless sex workers are empowered to demand safe sex as one way of HIV reducing transmission.

The foundation’s executive director, Forbes Msiska, argues that, "Clients of these sex workers are mostly married men who have stable families and failure to empower them to demand condom usage is likely to lead to many innocent partners at home getting infected as the client will get infected and later infect their partners."

Court Hears Arguments in ARV Treatment Case

The Botswana High Court in Gaborone will on Thursday, 12 June 2014, hear arguments in a case challenging the government's refusal to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign prisoners.
 
Two foreign HIV-positive prisoners and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) have taken government to court, arguing that the country’s policy of denying ARV treatment to foreign prisoners living with HIV is unlawful and unconstitutional.
 

Angolan Women Urged to Take HIV/AIDS Test

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Angola has called on pregnant women to adhere to voluntary testing of HIV/AIDS in order to reduce the epidemic by 90 percent by 2015.

Speaking to ANGOP, UNAIDS director, Sihaka Tsemo, pointed out that pregnant women should try to know as early as possible about their HIV status in order to begin treatment immediately and therefore protect their children from the virus.

HIV Prevalence Rises in Angola

The National Institute of Combat of AIDS (INLS) says that, at least 200 000 people live with the HIV virus in Angola.
 
Speaking at a workshop on the strengthening of the actions for the acceleration of the civil society's response to HIV/AIDS, INLS director, Dulcelina Serrano, disclosed that since 2004, the prevalence has risen from 0.6 to 2.3 percent.
 
Serrano further adds that among HIV-positive pregnant women, the figure stands at 15 300, where 119 400 people need to receive antiretroviral treatment, including pregnant women.
 

Tlou Honoured for Humanitarian Work

Director of UNAIDS regional support team for eastern and Southern Africa, Professor Sheila Tlou, says she is honoured to be awarded with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Botswana.
 
Tlou, who received the Non Academic Services Champion award for her outstanding work, says her 28 years of experience has taught her to put other people before herself.
 
She adds that when she became Botswana's Health Minister in 2004, she saved many lives despite criticism from western countries.
 

NGOs Blamed for Lacking Progress in AIDS Fight

District AIDS coordinator for Nsanje in Malawi, has blamed lack of progress by numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the district on the stubbornness of communities to change.

The District AIDS coordinator, Peter Mwakarawo, says HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district will continue to grow at an increasing rate if communities are not ready to let go off harmful and risky cultural practices arguing the massage is being heard but not practiced by respective persons.

NGO Criticises ANC Over Condoms

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has criticised the African National Congress (ANC) for what it says is the party's non-commitment to making condoms available at schools.

In a press statement, the TAC argues that condoms should be made available at all schools in order to address South Africa's high HIV infection rate among teenagers.
However, its election survey of HIV shows that the ruling ANC is not committed to doing so.

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.

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