HIV/AIDS in the People's Republic of China
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.
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.
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.
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.
New data also show HIV prevention programmes getting better results if focused on reaching people most at risk and adapted to changing national epidemics
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.
A national survey has found that certain Aids communication campaigns in South Africa have had positive impacts on HIV prevention behaviours, increasing positive attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS and increasing community involvement in response to the epidemic.
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.
CAPE TOWN Medical schemes should consider mandatory annual HIV testing of members, HIV Clinicians Society president Dr Francois Venter told the Cape Town Press Club yesterday.
Johannesburg - The mining, manufacturing, transport and finance industries were hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, the SA Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (Sabcoha) said yesterday.