HIV/AIDS in the People's Republic of China

Make HIV-positive teachers, nurses a priority

CAPE TOWN The head of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Olive Shisana, has called on government to prioritise treatment for HIV-positive teachers and nurses, saying the country cannot afford to let these key service providers die.

More funding for AIDS and TB NGOs

The Minister of Health, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang calls on national Non Governmental Organisations working in the field of HIV, AIDS and TB to urgently apply for funding that has been made available by the Department of Health.

Malaria 'speeds spread of AIDS'

There may be a link between malaria and the spread of the Aids virus across Africa, research by scientists working in Kenya suggests. The study, published in the journal 'Science', says the way the two diseases interact can help them spread faster.

Hospitals overwhelmed by dying AIDS patients

Despite governments introduction of antiretroviral drugs in 2004 to contain HIV in those already infected, thousands of people are still dying of AIDS-related illnesses, and hospitals from Cape Town to Mussina are struggling to deal with the increased load.

World AIDS Day 2006: Accountability (Part 1)

This World AIDS Day - 1st December 2006 - marks the 18th anniversary of the first ever World AIDS day, held in 1988, where the theme was Communication. The age of 18 years is synonymous with coming of age, the rite of passage into adulthood where a person becomes legally responsible and accountable for their lives. Therefore, it is appropriate that the theme this year is Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise Accountability. With events marking this day across the world, perhaps we need to stop for a few moments and consider what the term accountability actually means, specifically in terms of HIV/AIDS.

STIGMA: BELIEFS DETERMINE BEHAVIOR

Many people are calling urgently for laws and policies to curtail or prevent HIV/AIDS stigma. This is a call for changes in structures. It is also a useless exercise, until such time as we examine the roots of stigma, and understand its very nature. Then we can build structures to support the understandings and mechanisms that alleviate stigma.