HIV/AIDS in the People's Republic of China

Westville Prison accredited to provide ARVs

The Department of Health is pleased to confirm that the health facility at the Westville Correctional Service Centre has been accredited to provide antiretroviral treatment. This follows extensive work done by the Department of Correctional Services to strengthen the capacity of the facility to ensure that it meets the requirement to safely administer this therapy.

Heterosexuality: Fuelling or Fighting the HIV/AIDS Pandemic?

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African Regional Sexuality Resource Centre
A presentation made at the 2006 Understanding Human Sexuality Seminar.

This paper explores issues relating to heterosexist notions of masculinity, femininity and sexuality within the context of the HIV/AIDS pandemic currently being experienced in South Africa. In reviewing relevant literature and making reference to two research projects, it argues that the interests of women, as well as intervention strategies aimed at curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS are not being served by institutionalized heterosexuality. As such, it takes the position that heterosexuality is fuelling rather than fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

WHO launches new plan to confront HIV-related health worker shortages

Crisis in human resources for health poses significant obstacle to global HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. More than 4 million health workers needed to fill gaps in 57 countries. The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the International Labour Organization and the International Organization for Migration, today announced the launch of a coordinated global plan to address a major and often overlooked barrier to preventing and treating HIV/AIDS: the severe shortage of health workers, particularly in developing nations.

Cultural obstacles to abstinence and being faithful present challenges for PEPFAR HIV programmes

Certain cultural factors in resource limited settings pose significant challenges to prevention efforts and must be addressed to make it possible for people (especially youth) to adopt behaviours such as abstinence, being faithful, and correct and consistent condom use (ABC) according to several presentations at the 2006 PEPFAR Implementers Meeting held mid-June in Durban, South Africa. Some PEPFAR-funded prevention programmes are attempting to change cultural norms around polygamy, cross-generational sex, male attitudes towards women, sexual coercion and violence, taboos surrounding discussing sex, economic pressures and social expectations to have sex. Failure to confront these challenges could lead to the failure of prevention programmes, and could also have extremely negative unintended consequences including, potentially, the rape of girls known to be abstinent.

HIV-Positive Women Talk It Over in 'Mama's Club'

A group of HIV-positive mothers in Uganda have banded together to form the Mama's Club. Twice a month they share medical and legal information, but perhaps most important, they remember they are not alone. KAMPALA, Uganda (WOMENSENEWS)--Grace Tumuhirwe was infected with the AIDS virus when her uncle raped her at the age of 12. A few years later, when she began to show symptoms, her family threw her out, and she rented a room in a Kampala slum. She found a boyfriend, who helped her with money, and soon she found herself pregnant. Now she has a year-old HIV-positive son.

Durban AIDS Indaba to Seek Joint Strategies

Durban will host the third national HIV/AIDS conference next year from June 5 to 8, said Human Sciences Research Council CEO Olive Shisana yesterday. The gathering is an arena for scientists, activists, policy makers and people living with HIV to exchange ideas on combating the disease.

Epidemiologist presents a scientific rationale for focusing on Abstinence & Being Faithful in sub-Saharan Africa

The high prevalence HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa is characterised by close-knit sexual networks that allow the propagation of the virus to large numbers of individuals said epidemiologist David Stanton, who believes that Abstinence, Being Faithful and Condoms-based (ABC) interventions, but especially the A & B parts, are the means to disrupt these networks. Stanton, who serves as the Chief of the Division of Technical Research in the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID, made a scientific case in support of PEPFARs emphasis on A & B, at the 2006 Implementers meeting in Durban last month.

Program Associate, HIV/AIDS

Closing date: TBA
Job ID: 06-197TSA
The HIV/AIDS Program Associates primary responsibility is to support the implementation and integration of HIV/AIDS services at district level. He/She works closely with the District HIV/AIDS Coordinator and the HIV/AIDS/STI/TB (HAST) committee at the district level to monitor and evaluate all district-based HIV/AIDS initiatives.