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HIV Transmissions Seen Increasing Among Syringe-Using Drug Users

HIV Transmissions Seen Increasing Among Syringe-Using Drug Users

The way HIV is transmitted is changing in Seychelles from a sexually transmitted virus to one passed on among drug users, an official at the Ministry of Health said. “Before, we considered HIV to be transmitted mainly between men and women. For the past five years, we have found that this is no longer the […]

Kenyan Health Ministry Bans Use of HIV Drug

Kenyan Health Ministry Bans Use of HIV Drug

The Health ministry has warned counties to stop prescribing a HIV drug linked to birth defects in HIV-positive women. Through Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko, the ministry has further directed county health directors to ensure that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to whom a front-line drug, dolutegravir (DTG), has been prescribed, continue their current prescription […]

Sex for food rocks Ugandan prisons

Sex for food rocks Ugandan prisons

Findings of a prison survey made public last week show a very disturbing reality of the high prevalence of HIV, TB and homosexuality in our prisons. Commissioned in 2013/14 by the Commissioner General of Prisons Dr Johnson Byabashaija, the survey puts the average HIV perseverance rate among inmates countrywide at15 per cent, which worryingly stands […]

Namibia Close to Controlling HIV Epidemic

Namibia Close to Controlling HIV Epidemic

Namibia is one of 13 countries close to achieving HIV epidemic control. The Namibia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) survey results to be released soon will give a clearer picture on how close the country is to that target. Epidemic control is considered when there are more people dying of AIDS related deaths, compared to […]

Zimbabwe’s Midlands records increase in people on HIV treatment

Zimbabwe’s Midlands records increase in people on HIV treatment

THE Midlands province has recorded an increase in the number of people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with the figures jumping by more than 700 by March 2018 as more people living with HIV were initiated on therapy, a National Aids Council (NAC) official has said. NAC Midlands provincial manager, Mambewu Shumba said over the years […]

46,000 More Ugandans Catch HIV – UAC

46,000 More Ugandans Catch HIV – UAC

About 46,000 Ugandans contracted HIV last year, according to new Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) study findings released yesterday. These infections are, however, a drop from the 52,000 recorded the year before, according to UAC Director General, Dr Nelson Musoba. “The number of new infections stood at 46,000 in 2017,” he said. The release of the […]

Johesu Strike – Your Letter Is Blackmail, Govt Tells Nigerians Living With HIV

Johesu Strike – Your Letter Is Blackmail, Govt Tells Nigerians Living With HIV

The Federal Government Tuesday described the petition written by the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, CISHAN and Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, NEPWHAN and 11 other Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, as an attempt to blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari led administration. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole in a statement, said […]

Remembering Prudence Mabele – the Sangoma Who Lived for Science

Remembering Prudence Mabele – the Sangoma Who Lived for Science

Mabele helped lead the fight for antiretrovirals in SA and didn’t stop there. She passed away this week. This was her last interview with Bhekisisa. In 2004, more than 500 traditional healers took to the streets in protest against the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). They accused the HIV activist organisation of promoting Western medicine as […]

Free Underwear Persuade Moroto Males to Dash for Circumcision

Free Underwear Persuade Moroto Males to Dash for Circumcision

The distribution of free underwear for males after undergoing Safe Medical Circumcision (SMC) in Moroto District has boosted the program. Abraham Kizza, a mobiliser from the Health Ministry, says the number of males turning up for circumcision is overwhelming in some places like Rupa Sub County. He says more than 200 males were circumcised in […]

Zambia Shuns Female Condom

Zambia Shuns Female Condom

“I tried out the female condom once and it felt so uncomfortable especially with the lubricant’s unpleasant scent; I couldn’t even enjoy the act at all said,” says Margaret Mbewe of Lusaka’s Chunga Township when asked about why women shun using the female condom.. Ms Mbewe, 34, has since vowed never to use the female […]

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