Aids Focus

Hi-tech images point to chinks in HIV's armour

In a boost for the long and frustrating quest for an Aids vaccine, researchers have unveiled molecular imaging of an elusive feature that helps HIV infect immune cells.

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Nations need improved data collection for health workers

2014-10-02 14:30

The US-based Frontline Health Workers Coalition urges nations to adopt improved, systematic data collection efforts for community health workers to more effectively assess the current state of the entire health workforce.

TAC not facing imminent closure

2014-09-30 22:46

The Treatment Action Campaign is not facing imminent closure, but will have to make "tough decisions" if it does not get more funding.

Nations need improved data collection for health workers

2014-09-30 11:55

The US-based Frontline Health Workers Coalition urges nations to adopt improved, systematic data collection efforts for community health workers to more effectively assess the current state of the entire health workforce.

Victoria Beckham named HIV/AIDS ambassador

2014-09-30 11:52

As a newly-appointed UNAIDS goodwill ambassador, Victoria Beckham will focus on reducing the number of children born with HIV and assist in getting women and children access to healthcare.

 

Court rules against SANDF HIV policy

2014-09-26 14:40

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ruled in favour of two women army recruits whose contracts have been cancelled because they tested HIV-positive.

Victoria Beckham named HIV/AIDS ambassador

2014-09-26 09:16

As a newly-appointed UNAIDS goodwill ambassador, Victoria Beckham will focus on reducing the number of children born with HIV and assist in getting women and children access to healthcare.

Victoria Beckham named HIV/AIDS ambassador

2014-09-26 08:33

As a newly-appointed UNAIDS goodwill ambassador, Victoria Beckham will focus on reducing the number of children born with HIV and assist in getting women and children access to healthcare.

Has Jacob Zuma hurt the fight against Aids more than Thabo Mbeki?

2014-09-23 12:43
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Has South African President Jacob Zuma set back the the fight against HIV/Aids more than his predecessor? Opposition leader Helen Zille believes so but the evidence shows otherwise.

Fungus deadly to Aids patients grows on trees

2014-08-22 14:04

A 13-year-old girl found the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/Aids patients in Southern California for many years.

Syphilis

2014-08-11 11:32

Besides Aids, syphilis is the next most serious sexually transmitted disease. If left untreated, it will be fatal. It is caused by a bacterium called eponema pallidum.

Problems that interfere with good nutrition

2014-08-08 15:20

HIV/Aids may make it difficult to eat and digest food properly. Symptoms such as poor appetite, diarrhoea, nausea and mouth sores are often the result of immune system suppression, opportunistic infections and treatment side-effects.

Management and monitoring of HIV infection

2014-08-08 14:39

Once HIV infection is diagnosed, a person has a life-long condition that will go through several stages and which has many consequences. Learn more.

The interaction between viral load, CD4 cell count and disease progression

2014-08-08 10:42

The "dance" between CD4 cell counts and viral loads can predict how fast or slow the final stages of Aids kick in in an HIV positive patient.

Protecting your child from HIV infection

2014-08-07 15:38

As a parent, you can help protect your child from HIV infection, and contribute to the fight against HIV/Aids generally.

Aids 101

2014-08-07 14:30

It’s been with us for a quarter-century; you’d think we’d have a reasonably good grasp of how HIV/Aids works by now. But we could all do with a brush-up on the fundamentals.

HIV/Aids and food safety

2014-08-07 13:59

People living with HIV/Aids need to be especially careful about the food they eat and the possible presence of germs.

HIV/Aids and supplements

2014-08-07 13:28

Boosting your intake of certain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids could boost your immune system and keep you healthier for longer if you're HIV-positive.

SA needs to be educated about male circumcision

2014-08-04 15:07

Insurance provider, AllLife, is advocating for initiatives intended to raise awareness concerning circumcision for HIV-positive heterosexual men.

Opportunistic infection: Molluscum contagiosum

2014-08-01 14:19

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection which is usually a minor childhood problem, but in people with AIDS it can be extensive and unsightly.

Opportunistic infection: Cytomegalovirus retinitis

2014-08-01 14:14

Cytomegalovirus is reactivated in the very late stages of AIDS and can attack a number of organs.

Opportunistic infection: Pneumocystis jerovici pneumonia

2014-08-01 14:10

Pneumocystis jerovici is a fungus that is the most important cause of pneumonia in people with HIV/Aids.

Safer sex – the female condom

2014-08-01 14:05

The female condom is a strong, soft sheath that is inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse.

General safer sex rules

2014-08-01 14:02

Although abstinence and condoms are the best way of preventing HIV/Aids, there are a lot of general safer sex rules that one should follow.

Strongyloidiasis

2014-08-01 13:56

Strongyloidiasis is an infection of the intestines by a parasite, of the type known as a nematode or helminth.

HIV/Aids: Course of the disease

2014-08-01 13:48

HIV/Aids is best understood as a continuum from initial infection to terminal illness.

What is HIV/Aids?

2014-08-01 13:40

The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) is caused by infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

SANDF's HIV policy attacked

2014-07-29 22:44

The SANDF has been accused of brazenly ignoring a court order granted six years ago and their own regulations which declare any discrimination against HIV-positive applicants unconstitutional.

Victoria Beckham named HIV/AIDS ambassador

2014-09-26 10:25

As a newly-appointed UNAIDS goodwill ambassador, Victoria Beckham will focus on reducing the number of children born with HIV and assist in getting women and children access to healthcare.

Victoria Beckham named HIV/AIDS ambassador

2014-09-26 08:43

As a newly-appointed UNAIDS goodwill ambassador, Victoria Beckham will focus on reducing the number of children born with HIV and assist in getting women and children access to healthcare.

Has Zuma hurt the fight against Aids?

2014-09-23 12:46

Has South African President Jacob Zuma set back the the fight against HIV/Aids more than Thabo Mbeki? Africa Check investigates.

Botswana has to pay HIV treatment for foreigners

2014-08-23 07:10

Botswana's High Court has ordered the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive foreign prisoners at the state's expense.

Screening tests all men should have

2014-08-20 09:08

Most men would rather set their shorts on fire or go to five children's parties in a row than go for a colon cancer screening or a prostate check-up. Here's why you should go.

SA needs to be educated about male circumcision

2014-08-11 09:56

Insurance provider, AllLife, is advocating for initiatives intended to raise awareness concerning circumcision for HIV-positive heterosexual men.

Antiretroviral treatment

2014-08-08 15:06

Many things can help to keep a person with HIV infection well for many years, eventually it becomes necessary to take antiretroviral drugs in order to lengthen a person’s life.

HIV positive? How to tell others

2014-08-08 11:09

Disclosure of a loved one’s seropositive status is difficult and often a shock, and no two people react in the same way to the news. Here's help.

HIV and the immune system

2014-08-07 16:22

We know that HIV attacks the immune system, but what is a virus and why this particular virus so unique?

A day in the life of the HI Virus

2014-08-07 15:07

Take a look at a simplified version of the life cycle of the HI virus.

ARVs vs. weight loss

2014-08-07 14:22

Preventing weight loss is an important aspect of HIV/Aids treatment among people who aren't on ARVs. But other factors come into play for those who are.

HIV/Aids: Can diet help?

2014-08-07 13:49

Although dietary interventions cannot cure Aids, there are three important facets of this illness that are directly influenced by diet.

HIV and diabetes

2014-08-05 10:56

Research suggests that anti-retroviral therapy may cause diabetes in some HIV-positive people.

Opportunistic infection: Seborrheic dermatitis

2014-08-01 14:20

Seborrheic dermatitis is a very common skin condition in people with AIDS.

Opportunistic infection: progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy

2014-08-01 14:16

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy or PML is caused by a virus called JC virus. In people with AIDS, the virus attacks the white matter of the brain

Opportunistic infection: Cryptococcal meningitis

2014-08-01 14:12

Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus of which the spores are present in the environment and can be inhaled.

Factors affecting safer sex choices

2014-08-01 14:07

Choosing to have safer sex is a decision many people have to make. What are the factors influencing this important choice?

Safer sex - the male condom

2014-08-01 14:04

The consistent and correct use of latex condoms is one of the most effective ways for combating the spread of HIV.

How can HIV/Aids be prevented?

2014-08-01 13:57

Here's how to protect yourself from getting HIV.

HIV/Aids: when to call a doctor

2014-08-01 13:52

Worried about an HIV/Aids diagnosis or the prevention or treatment of the disease? Find out when you should see a health professional.

How HIV is not transmitted

2014-08-01 13:44

There are still many myths around HIV. Find out which actions won't result in HIV transmission.

SANDF unlawfully dismisses HIV+ recruits

2014-07-30 12:11

The SA National Defence Force is ignoring HIV policy, which declares any discrimination against HIV-positive members unconstitutional.

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