AIDS Pill Can Slash HIV Infection Risk – Study

Two studies conducted in Africa showed for the first time that AIDS drugs designed to treat HIV can also be used to reduce dramatically the risk of infection among heterosexual couples.

The findings add to growing evidence that the type of medicines prescribed since the mid-1990s to treat people who are already sick may also hold the key to slowing or even halting the spread of the sexually transmitted disease.

Implementing UN Resolutions Key to Fight HIV/AIDS

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says the country needs to implement all of the resolution taken by the United Nations in relation to HIV/AIDS if it is to win the fight against the pandemic.
Motsoaledi, who was in the rural village of Mafefe, Limpopo, during the launch of a rural counselling and testing campaign, announced that his department has partnered with traditional leaders to try and get rural communities to test for HIV/AIDS.

Global Fund Turns Down Zimbabwe’s Bid

Global Fund has once again refused to finance Zimbabwe's HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programmes after it emerged that the country has no budget for its ambitious national strategic plan.
In his presentation at the National Partnership Forum held in Harare recently, GFATM coordinator, Rangarirai Chiteure, said Zimbabwe's proposal for the five-year long National Strategic Application for expression of interest for HIV was not successful.

HIV Testing for University Students

A campaign aimed at encouraging voluntary HIV/AIDS testing among first-year students kicked-off at the Mangosuthu University of Technology.
Branded ‘First Things First’, the campaign is spearheaded by Innovative Medicine of South Africa in collaboration with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) and hopes to test more than 35 000 students at all the country's 16 universities.

Govt to Increase AIDS Grant to Provinces

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, says the dedicated HIV/AIDS allocation to provinces will increase over the next three years.

Gordhan announced that spending on their HIV/AIDS conditional grant will rise from R6 billion this year, to R10.6 billion in 2013/14.

He said total annual spending on HIV/AIDS, including hospital treatment, is about R20 billion, adding that the conditional grant includes R60 million for the circumcision programme.

SA to Promote Various HIV Prevention Measures

Government has revitalised its programmes to promote various prevention measures including medical male circumcision, prevention of mother to child transmission and the promotion of HIV testing.

Delivering his State of the Nation Address 2011 in Cape Town, Zuma stated that the testing has been popularly taken up around the country, adding that just over five million HIV tests have been done since the launch of the testing campaign in April last year.

Call for Systematic HIV Drug Resistance Testing

A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.

Led by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in five African countries, the study found that the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia is considerably higher than previously reported.

m2m Taps into IT to Help Prevent HIV Transmission

A local NGO, mothers2mothers (m2m), has turned to information technology (IT) for assistance to avoid the HIV/AIDS from mother to child transmission.

m2m co-founder and chief executive officer, Gene Falk, points out that the IT support from a computer giant, HP, will enable the organisation to serve women in a much more effective way through improved knowledge and insight.

HIV Testing: Practising What We Preach

Our staff recently underwent a process of counselling and voluntary testing for HIV, which served to illustrate a number of important points about practising what one teaches. Being an HIV prevention programme, one of our main goals is to raise awareness in our participants – especially the teenagers in our high school programme – of the importance of knowing their HIV status. We assume that having been given basic information about the virus and the AIDS epidemic, and some encouragement to test, our participants will eagerly rush to the nearest health centre to get tested. However, our e

The Antidote for AIDS Is Hope

A recent LoveLife radio campaign speculates that the root cause of the South African AIDS epidemic is not ignorance, cultural practice or lack of education. Rather, it is a lack of hope and income earning opportunity among those most at risk, namely school leavers and the youth that continues to fuel the spread of this insidious disease.


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