HIV/AIDS in the People's Republic of China

Stretched health system leaves home care as only alternative

Facilities and staff are being stretched beyond capacity as Swaziland 's public healthcare system buckles under a surge of HIV/AIDS patients, leaving many with home-based care (HBC) as the only alternative, says a new report.

SA progressive in life policies for people with Aids

South Africa remains one of only two countries in the world to offer life policies for people with HIV/AIDS, the Life Offices' Association (LOA) said on Wednesday. Three of South Africa's biggest life-insurance companies were the first to introduce life policies for people with HIV/AIDS in 2001, with The Netherlands following suit only last year, a statement said.

'Irrational fear' and 'stigma' feed increasing calls for criminal HIV transmission laws

Laws criminalising behaviour that may transmit HIV are the product, not of rational public health choices, but of irrational fears, which provide an inveterately poor basis for rational law-making, according to South Africas Justice Edwin Cameron. Speaking last night at Birkbeck College in central London, at an event co-hosted by NAM and the National AIDS Trust, Mr Justice Cameron argued that the laws current place in the AIDS epidemic is primarily to create legislation specially protecting the rights of those with HIV.

Conference in Rwanda Aims To Improve HIV/AIDS Services

Other organizers include UNAIDS, the World Bank, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the conference opening called on African leaders to increase funding for HIV/AIDS services. He also said that the fight against diseases like HIV/AIDS should be made in conjunction with efforts to address poverty and education.

HIV and AIDS Thematic Coordinator

Closing date: 25 June 2007
We are looking for qualified and experienced person to fill the newly established and challenging post of HIV and AIDS thematic coordinator in our policy and campaign team in the Johannesburg office.

Hundreds of Thousands of Youth Die Needlessly Without ARVs

The number of HIV-positive people in developing countries with access to antiretroviral therapy increased 54% to two million people in 2006, but hundreds of thousands of children died of AIDS-related illnesses due to a lack of access to the drugs, according to a report released on Tuesday by UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Reuters Africa reports.

Where research has brought us

Two and a half decades of research have produced increasing returns in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with dramatic improvements in treatment and greater awareness of potential ways to stop the spread of the virus. What has not kept pace is the ability to get these medical interventions to people in need. No matter how powerful a drug or a procedure is, it is useless to those who cannot access it. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has social and economic drivers that also need to be factored into interventions.

Peaches, pap and the truth about sex

Despite greater knowledge, young people still engage in risky sex, survey finds. You cant eat pap every day, said one young man, explaining why he and his friends cheated on their wives and girlfriends. A young woman said all the good peaches were attached to branches, explaining why her peers became sexually involved with men who were already in relationships.