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Fast-growing HIV epidemic in Philippines

HIV prevention education in Philippine schools is woefully inadequate, commercial marketing of condoms is non-existent, and there are barriers to condom access and HIV testing.

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New vaginal ring for slow release ARV

2016-12-04 20:01

Trials of a new vaginal ring that slowly releases antiretroviral medicine found that it offered women between 27 and 31 percent protection against HIV infection.

My story of living with HIV

2016-12-04 06:18

Their parents told them to keep their distance.It broke my heart. The stigma made me feel deeply isolated, writes Nkosikhona Kumalo.

My story of living with HIV

2016-12-04 06:07

Their parents told them to keep their distance.It broke my heart. The stigma made me feel deeply isolated, writes Nkosikhona Kumalo.

New vaginal ring for slow release ARV

2016-12-02 06:30

Trials of a new vaginal ring that slowly releases antiretroviral medicine found that it offered women between 27 and 31 percent protection against HIV infection.

 

SA home to largest concentration of people living with HIV - MEC

2016-12-01 15:29

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, speaking at a World Aids Day event in Newcastle, told the gathering that, globally, South Africa was home to the largest concentration of people living with HIV.

A quick update on HIV: Are we winning the fight?

2016-12-01 11:07

Much has been done to reduce HIV infections. Are we any closer to reaching a tipping point, asks Ramneek Ahluwalia.

Death rate halved, but HIV remains SA's biggest killer

2016-11-30 13:15

HIV is still the leading cause of death in South Africa, and according to the SAMRC we need to enhance our efforts to treat more people, improve prevention efforts and integrate TB care into HIV treatment.

Death rate halved, but HIV remains SA's biggest killer

2016-11-30 11:46

HIV is still the leading cause of death in South Africa, and according to the SAMRC we need to enhance our efforts to treat more people, improve prevention efforts and integrate TB care into HIV treatment.

HIV-positive Malawi man jailed for sexual rituals

2016-11-23 10:59

A Malawian man was prosecuted after publicly speaking about his role as a 'hyena'. In parts of the country a 'hyena' is paid to have sex with bereaved widows and adolescent girls.

Two-drug therapy shows promise for HIV remission

2016-11-11 10:26

Researchers combined an experimental vaccine with an immune-stimulating drug to create a one-two punch that caused a virus similar to HIV to become undetectable in monkeys

HIV-like infection suppressed without ongoing therapy

2016-10-14 11:36

Antibody therapy given to macaque monkeys infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) resulted in their viral levels remaining low to undetectable for close to two years.

10-year jail sentence for HIV-positive Craigslist sex offender

2016-09-13 11:07

A Georgia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for using Craigslist to arrange sexual encounters with at least two different women without revealing he was HIV-positive.

A robust health system for the future

2016-09-04 07:45

The strengthening of health systems has become an urgent global strategic agenda in the aftermath of devastating pandemics, such as HIV/Aids in sub-Saharan Africa and Ebola in west Africa.

Malawi man held over paid sex with 100 girls

2016-07-26 13:36

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has ordered the arrest of a man paid to have sex with more than 100 adolescent girls as part of a traditional ritual marking their passage to womanhood.

'Sugar daddies' and 'blessers' increase HIV/Aids risk

2016-07-21 11:48

Lebogang Motsumi, 27, still remembers the moment when she learnt she had contracted HIV from a man a decade her senior.

More than $36 billion a year needed to stop Aids

2016-07-20 10:29

Since 2010 development assistance for HIV has remained nearly constant, but meeting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets will require major changes in how programmes are delivered and financed.

US Global Aids coordinator worried about blessers

2016-07-16 08:00

It is concerning that there is an App which makes it possible for young women to meet older men for transactional relationships, says ambassador-at-large and United States Global Aids coordinator, Deborah Brix.

Massive drop in new HIV transmission among African kids

2016-07-13 11:00

There has been a significant decrease in new HIV infections among children in eastern and southern Africa, largely because of the decrease in mother-to child transmission.

Zim correctional services want condoms distributed in jails

2016-06-09 14:36

Zimbabwean correctional services have called for the distribution of condoms in the country’s prisons, saying this will help fight the prevalence of HIV/Aids, reports say.

I gave my husband HIV and watched him die

2016-04-25 14:49

Stephanie van Niekerk unwittingly infected her husband with HIV and ended up having to watch him wither and die in front of her very eyes. This is Stephanie's story in her own words.

I gave my husband HIV and watched him die

2016-04-21 14:46

Stephanie van Niekerk unwittingly infected her husband with HIV and ended up having to watch him wither and die in front of her very eyes. This is Stephanie's story in her own words.

Resistance to HIV drug continues to grow

2016-02-12 10:54

In sub-Sahara Africa, up to 15 percent of HIV patients treated with tenofovir-based drug combinations will develop resistance to tenofovir in the first year of treatment, researchers estimate.

New HIV drug not to be used in isolation - Aids organisation

2015-12-13 16:30

Users of the newly-approved HIV preventative drug, Truvada, must be educated about its use, an HIV/Aids educational organisation says.

HIV stigma – what people living with HIV need to know

2015-11-30 16:15

Stigma is one of the most dangerous aspects of HIV and could cost patients their lives, an expert says.

SA discovery may lead to protective HIV vaccine

2015-10-16 13:22

South African researchers have discovered how the evolution of HIV within an infected person can drive the generation of antibodies able to neutralise HIV strains from across the world.

Few gay and bisexual teen males go for HIV tests

2015-08-27 10:24

Recent research suggests that HIV testing rates among young US adults are low, and that gay and bisexual men may misjudge their risk of becoming infected.

HIV/Aids: Moving slowly towards a tipping point

2016-12-01 14:15

Much has been done to reduce HIV infections. Are we any closer to reaching a tipping point? Ramneek Ahluwalia reflects on the past year's success.

A quick update on HIV: Are we winning the fight?

2016-12-01 10:37

Much has been done to reduce HIV infections. Are we any closer to reaching a tipping point, asks Ramneek Ahluwalia.

New vaginal ring for slow release ARV

2016-11-30 12:41

Trials of a new vaginal ring that slowly releases antiretroviral medicine found that it offered women between 27 and 31 percent protection against HIV infection.

HIV+ children to benefit from new online tool

2016-11-25 14:44

With a new online tool, doctors, nurses and facility managers working in the South African public health sector will be able to track who is, and isn’t, doing well on HIV treatment.

HIV-positive Malawi man jailed for sexual rituals

2016-11-23 10:54

A Malawian man was prosecuted after publicly speaking about his role as a 'hyena'. In parts of the country a 'hyena' is paid to have sex with bereaved widows and adolescent girls.

Antibodies may hold key to HIV suppression

2016-11-10 09:51

Researchers managed to repress blood levels of HIV levels in patients for a short time with infusions of an anti-HIV antibody before the virus reappeared.

Global fund collects $13 billion to fight Aids, malaria and TB

2016-09-19 12:37

The Global Fund has so far spent $30 billion on programmes to fight these three deadly diseases around the world, with most of it going to Africa.

Malawi: Calls to free HIV-positive serial 'hyena' get louder

2016-08-17 14:02

An HIV-positive Malawian man who confessed to having had sex with more than 100 women and girls is attracting sympathy from several quarters.

Blind, HIV positive street child becomes motivational speaker

2016-07-21 15:46

Born blind, Nthabiseng Moloi was abandoned by her parents when she was six. Her adoptive mother found her bleeding on the pavement following a gang rape.

Why a young student needs to keep her HIV status a secret

2016-07-21 11:15

During the five day countdown to the World Aids Conference, a young woman explained why she did not want to embarrass her grandmother with her HIV status.

More than $36 billion a year needed to stop Aids

2016-07-20 09:37

Since 2010 development assistance for HIV has remained nearly constant, but meeting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets will require major changes in how programmes are delivered and financed.

R2K raises concern over SSA 'vetting' Aids conference delegates

2016-07-14 22:37

Reports that the State Security Agency will vet delegates attending the International Aids Conference in Durban are appalling, the Right2Know campaign says.

HIV, Aids and 90-90-90: what is it and why does it matter?

2016-07-13 10:25

By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

DA objects to ANC taking credit for turning around HIV/Aids policy

2016-05-04 22:19

It was a disgrace that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is letting the ANC take credit for providing anti-retrovirals to HIV-positive people, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says.

I gave my husband HIV and watched him die

2016-04-21 15:58

Stephanie van Niekerk unwittingly infected her husband with HIV and ended up having to watch him wither and die in front of her very eyes. This is Stephanie's story in her own words.

Kenyan govt hands out a million condoms to gay men

2016-02-17 13:30

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority has distributed 1.2 million condoms to gay men in the coastal region, according to a report.

Controversial Kenyan 'bishop' sells olive oil as cure for HIV, cancer

2016-01-26 12:41

Controversial Kenyan bishop Gilbert Deya, who was in the news a few years ago over the "miracle babies" saga, now claims to have discovered a cure for HIV and cancer.

HIV stigma – what people living with HIV need to know

2015-11-30 17:15

Stigma is one of the most dangerous aspects of HIV and could cost patients their lives, an expert says.

HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients - report

2015-11-30 14:34

Efforts to get lifesaving antiretroviral drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Sharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", MSF says.

Scientists developing GM garden of medicines

2015-10-14 16:36

Australian scientists are developing genetically modified plants containing drugs to treat life-threatening illnesses including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and HIV.

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