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8 Sep, 2009
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South Africa / Prevention: H.I.V. Infections in Women (Letter)

Re “Hope in South Africa” (editorial, Aug. 31): Your suggestions for H.I.V. prevention, and those of some of the scientists you refer to, show remarkably persistent neglect of the most likely to be infected: girls and women. In South Africa, women, especially very young women, are three to five times more likely to be infected than men because of rampant sexual coercion and violence.

6 Sep, 2009
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Protecting Mothers, Sisters and Partners From HIV

Non-governmental organisations have raised concern over the lack of female condoms claiming that it undermines efforts to curb new infections. "In South Africa more than 1 000 people are newly infected (with HIV) every day. The majority of those are women. The epidemic in this country has the face of a woman. Advocacy towards prevention has been really weak", said Nomfundo Eland, Chairperson of SANAC's women's sector.

6 Sep, 2009
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South Africa / Prevention: Protecting Mothers, Sisters and Partners From HIV

Non-governmental organisations have raised concern over the lack of female condoms claiming that it undermines efforts to curb new infections. "In South Africa more than 1 000 people are newly infected (with HIV) every day. The majority of those are women. The epidemic in this country has the face of a woman. Advocacy towards prevention has been really weak", said Nomfundo Eland, Chairperson of SANAC's women's sector.

4 Sep, 2009
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Rwanda / Prevention - PMTCT: Experts call for more efforts to curb Mother-to-Child HIV transmission

Experts currently participating in the 59th meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) summit have called for more intervention to prevent Mother to Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT). Despite steady progress that African member countries of WHO have achieved in HIV prevention, more emphasis should be put to lower the infection rates. While addressing members of the Great Lakes Initiative on AIDS (GLIA) and Abbott Laboratories, an HIV researcher from the University of Witswatersrand and ANOVA health institute based in South Africa, Coceka Nandipha Mnyani urged officials to promote the best pr

2 Sep, 2009
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Recibirá Jalisco 52,500 pruebas rápidas de VIH para embarazadas

Después de un retardo de varios meses en el proceso de licitación, la Secretaría de Salud estatal (SSJ) anunció que finalmente la semana próxima se dará a conocer el fallo de la empresa que surtirá a Jalisco con 52,500 pruebas rápidas para detección del virus de inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH) en mujeres embarazadas. “El fallo se dará a conocer a fines de la próxima semana, y se entregarán inmediatamente porque es una compra que ya se tenía prevista”, y el proveedor ganador deberá entregarlas de inmediato, informó la jefa del Departamento de Salud Reproductiva de la SSJ, Amelia Lizárraga Ruiz.

2 Sep, 2009
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Papua New-Guinea / Violence: Drunks raping women at HIV/AIDS refuge in Papua New Guinea western highlands

Drunken rapists are attacking women at an HIV/AIDS refuge in Papua New Guinea in "suicide" attacks, an AIDS counselling authority says. Reports published in PNG's Post Courier newspaper have highlighted a spate of abuses, intimidation and rapes of women known to be infected with HIV/AIDS in Mt Hagen, in Western Highlands Province. A donated house in the town has become a refuge for 13 women using antiretroviral drugs to combat HIV/AIDS, but the women say they are constantly attacked by drunks and local men. An unnamed woman, who was recently raped by a schoolboy, told the Post Courier th

2 Sep, 2009
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Tags: violence

Mercosur / Violence: Violencia contra las mujeres y VIH/Sida en cuatro países del Mercosur

Un informe revela que no existen datos oficiales que articulen las estadísticas de violencia de género con la feminización del VIH, algo indispensable para lograr un diagnóstico del impacto de la violencia contra las mujeres en el aumento del VIH y un análisis del VIH como facilitador/determinante de la violencia de género en los ámbitos doméstico y público, y en los servicios de salud. El 20 de agosto se presentó el informe Violencia contra las mujeres y vih/sida en cuatro países del MERCOSUR.

1 Sep, 2009

Argentina / GCWA member: Eligen al frente de una ONG contra el sida a una argentina

La argentina Patricia Pérez es la nueva presidenta de la Comunidad Internacional de Mujeres Viviendo con VIH (ICW). La ceremonia se realizó ayer durante la presentación de la campaña anual "Más paz menos sida" de esta asociación. Es la primera vez que una latinoamericana es elegida para ese puesto y, en su primer discurso como presidenta, Pérez denunció que "por minuto, 3 mujeres se contagian de VIH". "La cara actual del sida en todo el mundo es una mujer semianalfabeta de menos de 25 años", dijo Pérez.

1 Sep, 2009
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Tags: treatment

Zambia / Treatment: Treating cervical cancer and HIV simultaneously. Too few women are getting screened

LUSAKA, 1 September 2009 (PlusNews) -  The HIV/AIDS epidemic may have contributed to the high incidence of cervical cancer in Zambia, where the number of cases is the second highest in sub-Saharan Africa, and HIV prevalence is one of the highest in the world. Women infected with HIV are thought to be three to five times more likely to develop cervical lesions that can become cancerous.

30 Aug, 2009

Uganda / Prevention: The Battle in Uganda Over Female Condoms

On the surface, it seems like a fine idea; reproductive rights groups certainly think so. In July, the Ugandan government announced that, using cash from the U.N. Population Fund, it would distribute 100,000 female condoms in a bid to stop a resurgence of HIV/AIDS. Advocates cheered the initiative, saying it would give women more control over their own bodies. But in the weeks since, major funders of anti-HIV/AIDS programs have shown far less enthusiasm, with many deciding not to back the plan.

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