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  • The Other Side of the Female Condom

    Female condoms are not just for the ladies as some gay men in KaMsogwaba Township outside Nelspruit have found, but nearby clinic nurses are still not sold on the idea.

    “We get asked why we are using female condoms if we are men.”

    While not originally designed for use in anal sex, female condoms can be used by men who have sex with men (MSM) during sex in lieu of traditional male condoms.

    Now, some gay men in KaMsogwaba, like Zweli Masinga, have caught on to the trend, but he says nurses are unwilling to hand out the female condoms to men looking for an alternative to male condoms.

    “We face a lot of discrimination from health professionals when we ask for female condoms,” he tells OurHealth. “Health professionals have no respect for us because we are gay.”

    To counter some of the stigma faced by MSMs at some clinics, the HIV nonprofit Anova Health runs special MSM-friendly clinics in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. While the organisation notes that female condoms may be more likely than male condoms to slip during anal sex, they can be a viable alternative for HIV prevention, according to its website.

    But in KaMsogwaba, clinic staff attitudes and a refusal to dispense the condoms to men may be putting men at risk.

    “We get asked why we are using female condoms if we are men,” Masinga says. “Health professionals need to be educated about different sexual orientations and start treating everyone equally.”

    “Being discriminated against by health professionals is dangerous if you are indirectly denied services,” he adds.

    Nhlanhla Mzimkhule from Ermelo was diagnosed with HIV 13 years ago. While learning how to use a femidom was difficult for him at first, he says eventually it allowed him to enjoy sex more.

    “Using the female condom wasn’t easy at first because I was used to the male condom,” Mzimkhule remembers. “After about four months, I started enjoying sex much more because I was safe from HIV re-infection and other sexually transmitted infections.”

    People living with HIV should use condoms to prevent being re-infected with the virus from their partners. Contracting additional strains of HIV may complicate antiretroviral treatment for those living with the virus and lead to drug resistance.

    - Cynthia Maseko is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Gert Sibande health district in Mpumalanga. This article first appeared on the Health-e
    Author(s): 
    Cynthia Maseko
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Financial and Project Administrator

    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, November 8, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a NGO that focuses on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

    The DTHF seeks to appoint a Financial and Project Administrator, based at its DTHF Research Centre in Masiphumelele, Cape Town.

    This full time two-year fixed term contract position.

    Responsibilities:

    Financial administration
    • Acquire comprehensive knowledge of the donor’s financial requirements;
    • Ensure that all financial requirements are adhered to;
    • Ensure compliance to budget requirements;
    • Monthly bank reconciliations
    • Manage and reconcile petty cash
    • Draft income and expense reports
    • Journal entries;
    • Prepare bank transfers;
    • Assist with preparation for annual project audit.
    Project administration
    • Project procurement;
    • Sourcing quotes and vendors where applicable;
    • Assist with event planning: Booking of venues, catering;
    • Travel arrangements for project staff;
    • Basic office equipment maintenance.
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of four years work experience in a NGO environment;
    • Minimum of three year accounting/ finance related diploma or certificate;
    • Fully computer literate including advanced excel skills;
    • Experience in SAP/ related accounting package would be an advantage;
    • Valid driver’s licence;
    • Good communicator – written and oral.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter indicating ‘Financial and Project Administrator’ in the subject line and two contactable referees to the Human Resource Manager at Jobs@hiv-research.org.za or fax to: 021 633 0182.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. We reserve the right not to appoint if no suitable candidate is identified.
     
    If you are a foreign national applying for this position please attach a copy of your work permit to your application.
     
    If you have not heard from us within two weeks after the closing date please consider you application as unsuccessful.
     
    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is a child friendly organisation committed to the protection of children.

    For more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, refer to www.desmondtutuhivcentre.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • UN Bemoans Falling Use of Condoms in Africa

    The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says that people in several African countries are using fewer condoms and have sex with more than one partner, threatening efforts to fight HIV.

    In its annual report, UNAIDS notes that new infections in sub-Saharan Africa dropped 34 percent between 2001 and 2012.

    However, the region last year still accounted for 70 percent of the estimated 2.3 million new infections with the virus.

    If further states that there is evidence that the number of people who have more than one sexual partner was rising in many African countries.

    To read the article titled, “Falling condom use in Africa undermines efforts to fight HIV: UN,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • ARV Pill Prevents HIV Study

    A study has found that if people at high risk of contracting HIV take antiretrovirals as a preventative measure daily, they get almost total protection from the virus.

    The results of the study, which have been published in the online journal, Plos, found that of the 750 HIV-negative Ugandans who had HIV-positive partners and took ARVs for over a year, not one contracted HIV.

    In the control group of 404 Ugandans who had been given a placebo, 14 became infected with the virus.

    To read the article titled, “ARV pill prevents HIV: Study,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • UN Hails Drop in AIDS Deaths in Africa

    The United Nations' AIDS agency is hailing what officials describe as significant progress in the fight against the epidemic in eastern and Southern Africa.
     
    The report says AIDS-related deaths have declined dramatically and that the number of new infections has decreased - a direct result of more available treatment. But, they warned, challenges remain.
     
    Top health and aid officials praised the gains in the fight against AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa - among them, a nearly 40 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005, and a 50 percent drop in new infections among children since 2001.
     
    To read the article titled, “UN hails drop in AIDS-related deaths in Africa,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • HIV/AIDS Manageable - NGO

    The AIDS Foundation of South Africa says HIV/AIDS in the country has become a manageable chronic condition.

    The organisation’s chief executive officer, Debbie Matthew, says this can be attributed to the positive leadership from the government, the ground-breaking work by scientists and pressure from advocacy groups.

    Matthew explains: "What treatment does, it reduces the viral load in that patient to almost undetectable levels which means they are less likely to transmit HIV to other people that they will come into contact with sexually…”

    To read the article titled, “HIV/AIDS has become manageable in SA,” click here.

    Source: 
    SABC News
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Study Coordinator

    Desmenond Tutu HIV Foundation
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, August 12, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a registered nonprofit organisation focused on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

    The DTHF seeks to appoint a Study Coordinator, based in Masiphumelele Research Centre, Masiphumelele, Cape Town.

    This is a two-year renewable contract position.
     
    Responsibilities:

    • Manage a team of nurses, counsellors, and field workers;
    • Ensure smooth running of a clinical trial;
    • Ensure that ethical and regulatory requirements are fulfilled;
    • Ensure complete and accurate data collection;
    • Maintain study documentation (case report forms (CRFs), research materials, study files, etc.);
    • Interact with international and national principal and other investigators to ensure fulfilment of project goals;
    • Interact with local health facilities, study auditors, laboratory, etc.
    Requirements:
    • Registered with SANC as a Registered Nurse or Clinical Nurse Practitioner;
    • Experience as a clinical trials Study Coordinator  is preferable;
    • Knowledge of HIV;
    • Valid GCP certificate;
    • Computer literacy;
    • Family planning course, PALSA plus;
    • Valid driver’s licence.
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees and motivation letter, quoting the position you are applying for to: The Human Resource Manager at jobs@hiv-research.org.za or fax to: 021 633 0182.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. We reserve the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.

    If you are a foreign national applying for this position please attach a copy of your work permit to your application.

    If you have not heard from Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation within two weeks after the closing date, consider you application as unsuccessful.

    DTHF is a child friendly organisation committed to the protection of children.

    For more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, refer to www.desmondtutuhivcentre.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Male Activists Promote Female Condom

    The female condom has been making its way across developing countries, particularly those in the African continent.

    While many see this as a woman's commodity, one man in Mozambique is actively campaigning for it too. Felix Magul and his seven colleagues from the Kutenga youth association have been promoting female condoms in that country.

    The men regularly take to the streets of Matola, an hour's drive from the capital, Maputo, to actively campaign for what many see as a woman's commodity. "We're giving power to women who were previously only supposed to use the male condom," explains Magul.

    To read the article titled, “Mozambican man campaigns for female condom,” click here.

    Source: 
    Deutsche Welle
  • Circumcision Plans Go Awry in Swaziland

    It is an ambitious plan to circumcise the majority of men in Swaziland, an effort to reduce the risk of HIV transmission in a country with the world’s highest HIV prevalence.

    Some Swazis believe that circumcision will not protect them against HIV, while others have a problem with the fact that one cannot have sex for some weeks or months after circumcision.

    These views are at the heart of the failure of the Accelerated Saturation Initiative (ASI) programme, which was born out of partnership between the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the United States-based, Futures Group, to circumcise 80 percent of Swazi males between ages 15 and 49 within a year.

    To read the article titled, “Circumcision plans go awry in Swaziland,” click here.

    Source: 
    News Day
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Clinical Trials Unit Administrator

    Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, June 12, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is a NGO that focuses on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

    The DTHF seeks to appoint a dynamic and motivated person as Clinical Trials Unit Administrator, based at the Clinical Trials Unit in Old Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory, Cape Town.

    This is a one-year contract position.

    Responsibilities:

    Financial administration
    • Stock control;
    • Ordering of clinical and administrative supplies;
    • Debtors control;
    • Creditors control;
    • Petty cash administration;
    • Preparing and processing journals;
    • Reconciliation of Bank Statements.
    Trials unit administration
    • Assist with case report form completion and other data capturing activities;
    • Conduct quality control activities;
    • Prepare participant folders;
    • Serve as a back-up to the Regulatory officer;
    • Manage the administration of the site’s Standard Operating Procedures;
    • Archiving of patient files and other study materials;
    • Other administrative duties as required.
    Requirements:
    • Grade 12 and a post matric qualification in financial accounting will be an advantage;
    • Experience in financial accounting packages (exposure to SAPB1 would be advantageous);
    • English literacy;
    • Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office;
    • Attention to detail.
     To apply, submit a CV, contact details of two referees and motivation letter with ‘Data Clerk’ in the subject line to the Human Resource Manager at jobs@hiv-research.org.za or facsimile to: 021 633 0182.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. We reserve the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.
     
    If you are a foreign national applying for this position please attach a copy of your work permit to your application.
     
    If you have not heard from Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation within two weeks after the closing date, consider you application as unsuccessful.
    DTHF is a child friendly organisation committed to the protection of children.
      
    For more about the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, refer to www.desmondtutuhivcentre.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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