Tag Archives: AIDS

New York Soccer Players Send 2010 World Cup Match Ball To Equatorial Guinea

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Jose Costa and Johnathon Murillo of The Los Woodsider’s, took a break during their game today for a Score a goal for an AIDS-free generation send-off ceremony. As part of an ongoing campaign coordinated by South African Arts International, ltd. (USA), the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is being recognized for their efforts in coordinating public outreach efforts to improve public ...

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Life Technologies and SATuRN Collaborate to Increase Access to HIV Testing in Africa

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Life Technologies Corporation LIFE +1.14% today announced a collaboration with the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN – http://www.bioafrica.net/saturn ) on sequencing-based diagnostics for HIV-infected individuals in Africa. Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs are becoming increasingly available in the developing world, due to facilitation by both governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as reductions in price and international trade restrictions by ...

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New CDC studies point to better practices in HIV anti-retroviral drug treatment (ART) in Africa

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New collaborative studies being presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the XIX International AIDS Conference confirm early treatment of HIV patients results in better outcomes, suggest use of viral load testing to detect treatment failure, and highlight factors associated with low rate of ART enrollment. CDC plays an essential role in implementing the U.S. President’s ...

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Anti-retroviral drugs reduce tuberculosis infection in people with HIV

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HIV positive people in low and middle income countries who are taking anti-HIV drugs (antiretroviral therapy) are significantly less likely to develop tuberculosis compared to those who are not taking antiretroviral therapy. This is according to a new study by a group of international researchers led by Dr Amitabh Suthar of the World Health Organisation, to be published in the ...

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HIV/AIDS: End of AIDS in sight

Photo: ttfnrob/FlickrFor the first time there are more people on treatment than those who need it (file photo)

There is no cure or vaccine yet, but “the end of AIDS” was the buzzword at the opening ceremony of the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC on 22 July. Wishful thinking? Not for Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, who told over 20,000 delegates that “this time, it is different”, or for Jim Yong Kim, the new President of ...

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Motlanthe takes SA’s HIV combatting plan to world conference

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Pretoria – Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will on Sunday lead the South African delegation to the 19th International Aids Conference, where he is expected to highlight the vision of South Africa’s Strategic Plan 2012 – 2016. The conference, to be held in Washington DC from 22 – 27 July, will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured ...

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Using mathematical models to understand the potential of early treatment to reduce HIV transmission

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Is it possible to control the epidemic of HIV by using antiretroviral therapy? This pressing question is addressed in a collection of new articles published in the open-access journal PLoS Medicine. The collection of articles was written by members of the Gates funded HIV Modelling Consortium, which aims to help improve scientific support for decision making by co-coordinating a wide ...

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IOM, USAID Launch Expanded HIV Prevention and Care Programme for Migrants and Host Communities in South Africa

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IOM and USAID, with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), are to expand to 2016 the Ripfumelo project addressing HIV vulnerability of farm workers in South Africa’s Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The US$ 7.1 million Ripfumelo II project, which will cover selected districts in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, aims to scale up HIV prevention and ...

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Predictive tool could cut HIV test costs

A tool to monitor how HIV-positive patients respond to antiretroviral therapy (ART) could free up scarce personnel and laboratory resources in developing countries, according to an international team of researchers. HIV destroys immune system cells, including a type of white blood cell known as CD4. The World Health Organisation recommends that ideally, ART is provided once the number of CD4 cells ...

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EALA passes regional bill on HIV and AIDS

EALA has today debated and passed the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Management Bill 2012. At the same time, the House adjourned the Conflict Management Bill, 2011 to allow more consultations by the Council of Ministers. The HIV and AIDS Prevention and Management Bill 2012 passed with key crucial amendments to it. With the passing of the Bill, Governments shall ...

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