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24 OCTOBER 2014 VOLUME 15 ISSUE 43

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  • More than six months after the National Assembly passed the Anti-stigma and anti- discrimination Bill, the Association of Women Living With HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (ASWHAN), has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to assent to it.
     
    October 23, 2014
    Leadership
  • Medical experts and HIV activists fear Uganda’s HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act is having the opposite effect and causing people to shy away from seeking treatment....Dr Lydia Mungherera, doctor and activist for HIV positive women, says: “[T]he Act includes outdated and dangerous provisions for mandatory testing for pregnant women and their partners....a violation of fundamental human rights and accepted principles of informed consent and negatively impacts antenatal care attendance. 
    October 23, 2014
    Key Correspondents
  • The Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has undertaken qualitative rapid assessments of gender- related and cultural barriers to access HIV services in partnership with women living with HIV at six sites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Uganda. 
    October 22, 2014
    UNAIDS
  • NIAID’s high-profile director challenging the NIH director is the kind of political contretemps that easily explodes into a great inside-the-Beltway brouhaha. Witness the story in The Washington Post today, “A public dispute between NIH officials over Ebola,” that references several other related stories. As it turns out, Fauci and Collins agree that big pharma’s lack of interest in Ebola vaccine development is the main reason no product was ready for this epidemic.
     
    October 22, 2014
    Science
  • With Nigeria’s successful containment of the Ebola Virus Disease, as declared by the World Health Organisation amid global applause, which seems to be assuming a global pandemic, attention should appropriately be channelled towards replicating similar feats in fighting HIV/AIDS to the finish. 
    October 22, 2014
    The Punch
  • A new HIV/AIDS vaccine, developed by Chinese scientists, has completed its safety testing stage, the results of which will soon be submitted to the Chinese authorities, experts said during the 2014 National Conference on HIV/AIDS held in Beijing on Tuesday. Shao Yiming, AIDS expert at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Global Times: "We are currently analyzing the data from the safety tests, and the results will be sent to the China Food and Drug Administration before the team carries out effectiveness tests".
    October 22, 2014
    Global Times
  • The 40-year-old fashion designer recently spent three days visiting Soweto in South Africa in her new role as UNAids international goodwill ambassador....She said: ''I want to lend my voice to the women affected by gender-based violence, HIV and AIDS and raise awareness of the issues they face and, where possible, help the communities and organisations that work so tirelessly on the ground to support these women and children.'' 
    October 22, 2014
    Sowetan Live
  • On Monday, Lord Morrow's 'Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill' passed the final vote by the Northern Ireland Assembly. An amendment tabled by Sinn Fein to have the law evaluated in three years is simply not enough: sex workers needed Northern Ireland to wake up to the danger of criminalising the purchase of sex now, not in the future.
    October 22, 2014
    Huffington Post
  • When US voters head to the polls on 4 November, they are poised to set in motion a major political shift.... For the first time since 2006, Republicans are likely to win full control of the US Congress.... The development seems inauspicious for US researchers who depend on government funding....Yet in fact, the changing balance of power is expected to have little practical impact...
    October 21, 2014
    Nature
  • The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) has conducted a study on the barriers to Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation for eligible HIV-positive pregnant women in Antenatal Care in Swaziland. The study, presented during the National Health Research Conference held at eZulwini last week, examined the barriers, facilitators, and potential solutions to address gaps in initiation of antiretroviral therapy among HIV–positive women in all four regions of Swaziland. 
    October 21, 2014
    Swazi Observer
  • "When I get drunk, I don’t always use condoms,” admits a 19-year-old, HIV-positive woman in Kamwokya, a slum area of Kampala. Despite riskier sexual behaviour, feeling bad or falling sick, the young woman says alcohol advertisements entice her to drink....The individual lives where as many as 60 outdoor advertisements for alcohol...can be found within a 500-metre radius, according to research by Uganda Youth Development Link and American epidemiologist Monica Swahn. 
    October 21, 2014
    Monitor
  • Biomedical lobbyists are hoping that Congress will soon give the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a big budget increase, despite tight caps that lawmakers have placed on overall federal spending. But even if that campaign succeeds—and the odds are very long—victory could come with some undesirable side effects.
    October 20, 2014
    Science
  • As Ebola threatens to spread worldwide, with tens of thousands of new cases expected in Africa, the Obama administration is aiming to spend nearly $100 million on “family planning” and “HIV-AIDS’ programs for Kenyans. This latest plan is connected to an existing US-funded endeavor that provides “family planning, maternal-child health, malaria, nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS preventive, care and treatment services” to Kenyans.
     
     
    October 20, 2014
    WND
  • The 61 session of the World Health Organization's Regional Committee for the Eastern Meditarranean began in Tunis on Sunday with representatives from 22 regional countries attending including Kuwait's Health Minister Dr. Ali Al-Obaidi. The Kuwaiti delegation will be addressing the conference about the eradication of polio, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the regional strategy to confronting AIDS, as well as other global health-related matters.
    October 20, 2014
    Tunis Daily News
  • Nigeria's target of zero HIV/AIDS, Zero discrimination by 2015 is still way off the mark considering the hitches in its national response, which is mainly funds, writes Winifred Ogbebo. Less than two months to the celebration of World AIDS Day, marked globally every December 1st, Nigeria may not have a positive score card to show. The reason being the miserable conditions of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as the high number of people dying daily from AIDS-related complications due to lack of access to anti-retroviral drugs.
    October 20, 2014
    Leadership
  • A confronting and thought-provoking question that hopes to reinforce a message of condom usage is at the forefront of a new campaign by the Victorian AIDS Council. “Will You Get HIV Today/Tonight?” is the question being posed to gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) across Victoria, and the new campaign aims to compliment the VAC’s “Wherever Sex Happens” promotion that ran from 2010 to 2012.
    October 18, 2014
    Star Observer
  • Presenting their case during a peaceful protest organised by the Coalition for Women and Children Living with HIV/AIDs in Nigeria, in Lagos weekend, the group of PLWA expressed heartfelt reservations about their plight. 
    October 18, 2014
    All Africa
  • The largest US gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill [Truvada] to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug...."Today, there is an unprecedented chance to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in part through PrEP's aggressive prevention of new HIV infections," said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. 
     
    October 18, 2014
    Associated Press
  • Phil Skolnick calls it “the crazy uncle in the attic that nobody likes to talk about.” Last week in Boston, at a meeting on clinical trials for central nervous system treatments, he and a small number of drug researchers discussed how to deal with that crazy uncle—the fact that many people in drug trials stop taking their experimental medicines or don't take them as prescribed. 
    October 17, 2014
    Science
  • Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini on Tuesday night censured Mwandi member of Parliament Michael Kaingu for using a metaphor that discriminated against women on grounds of being HIV positive while debating the 2015 national budget. In making an allegory of the 2015 budget, Dr Kaingu said: “The 2015 budget is like a beautiful girl who is HIV positive or a smartly dressed young man who is a crook.” 
    October 17, 2014
    Lusaka Voice
  • There have been only three confirmed cases (and one death) of Ebola in the United States, but a related condition is spreading faster than a California wildfire. Americans nationwide are showing signs of an epidemic of fear, all too reminiscent of the stigmatization, dread of contagion, and moral panic of the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
    October 16, 2014
    Tampa Bay Times

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