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HIV/AIDS pills at early stage ‘unwise’
BDlive | 24 July 2014
Health activists and top doctors have questioned the wisdom of Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s announcement on Wednesday that the government plans to start treating HIV/AIDS patients earlier, saying it will further strain already overstretched clinics and hospitals.   Current guidelines say treatment with antiretroviral medicines should begin when an HIV/AIDS patient’s CD4 count falls below 350. From January 1, that threshold would rise to 500, said the minister, as he...
Speech: Health Budget Vote 2014/15
Health-e News | 23 July 2014
Speech delivered by South African Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in parliament on 23 July in which he announces the country will move to early HIV treatment and lifelong antiretrovirals for pregnant, HIV-positive women.   During his speech, Motsoaledi summarised progress on several major health issues in the country including maternal and mental health as well as HIV.   Motsoaledi acknowledged that there were “leakages” in the HIV treatment programme.
Better, shorter TB treatment - thanks to SA scientists
Health-e News | 22 July 2014
Researchers from the universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Free State were part of the international team that recently discovered that a new combination of drugs was able to kill more TB bacteria more quickly than standard treatment.   The results come after an eight-week trial involving about 200 TB patients from South Africa and Tanzania.
Cash transfers plus care halve HIV risk behaviours in South African adolescents
aidsmap | 22 July 2014
Combining unconditional economic support in the form of government cash transfers, school feeding and food gardens, and psychosocial support (positive parenting and teacher social support) reduced incidence of HIV risk behaviour by around half for both female and male adolescents in South Africa, Dr Lucie Cluver of the University of Oxford told participants at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne on Monday.   Social protection in the form of cash transfers...
HIV infections in children under five down by over three quarters
Mail&Guardian | 22 July 2014
A study has found that child-focused interventions have significantly reduced HIV-infection rates in children under the age of five.   New HIV infections in South African children under five years old have dropped by more than three quarters between 2003 and 2013, from  56 000 to 7 600.
Adolescent deaths from AIDS rising, especially among boys
aidsmap | 22 July 2014
    Image courtesy of UNICEF   While new HIV infections have declined among children, adolescents and adults since 2000, HIV-related deaths have risen sharply among adolescents, especially 15- to 19-year-old males, Tyler Porth of UNICEF told delegates at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne on Monday.    Analysis of UNAIDS 2012 HIV and AIDS Spectrum estimates showed a 32% decrease in AIDS-related deaths between 2005 and 2012...
What is needed to 'step up the pace' on HIV prevention and treatment?
aidsmap | 21 July 2014
'Stepping up the pace', the theme of AIDS 2014, will require a new focus on key populations and geographical concentration of HIV, as well as intensified efforts to expand coverage of HIV testing and treatment, the 20th International AIDS Conference heard on Monday, in Melbourne.   Professor Salim Abdool Karim, director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), reviewed the global state of the epidemic and treatment access.   Despite...
Ten organizations receive Red Ribbon Award for outstanding community leadership on AIDS
UNAIDS | 21 July 2014
Ten exceptional community-based organizations have won the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for their inspiring work in reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic. They were presented with the prestigious prize in a special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia.
UNAIDS pushes for an end to Aids epidemic
SABC | 21 July 2014
Countries have to test for HIV at least 90% of their populations and make sure that 90% of HIV positive people are on treatment.   This is one of the bold and ambitious targets set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) at the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia.   UNAIDS has called for an end to HIV/Aids by 2030.   After about three decades of the HIV/Aids pandemic, the United Nations has now called on countries to end the...
Letter to the Melbourne International AIDS Conference: Does anybody remember AIDS?
TAC | 20 July 2014
This article was originally published in The Sunday Times - by Mark Heywood   This week thousands of activists, scientists and government officials will troop to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the 20th International AIDS Conference. Melbourne, of all places! Melbourne, where AIDS is largely an academic issue, because most people who live with HIV are on treatment. Melbourne with a first world health system! Melbourne, 10 000 kilometers from Africa where tens of thousands of...
AIDS 2014 opening ceremony honours Flight MH17 dead with drive to end AIDS by 2030
aidsmap | 20 July 2014
New ambitious 90% targets for testing, treatment coverage and undetectable viral load unveiled   Activists call for '100% undetectable by 2020' target on the opening day of AIDS 2014. Professor Joep Lange appears on screen. Photo by Liz Highleyman, hivandhepatitis.com   The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) opened in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday evening overshadowed by the deaths of 298 passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Free State healthcare workers march for Malakoane's head
Mail&Guardian | 17 July 2014
In a TAC march, workers in the province's crisis-hit health sector say they will hold a night vigil every Wednesday until demands are met.   Hundreds of Free State community healthcare workers and health activists have marched on the Free State health department headquarters, Bophelo House, in Bloemfontein early on Wednesday morning.