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Former US President Bill Clinton has struck a deal to reduce prices on second-line anti-AIDS drugs for HIV-positive people in the developing world, should they develop resistance to current medications. First-line drugs are used in the earliest stage of treatment, but when patients become resistant to these, costlier second-line drugs are prescribed. The agreement not only aims to lower the price of advanced therapies by 30 percent or more, but will also halve the cost of HIV diagnosis.(PLUSNEWS)

An effort to achieve the rollout of universal HIV/AIDS treatment by 2010 was launched at an international gathering in Washington earlier this week. The initiative, announced at the UN Global Steering Committee meeting, aims to develop national roadmaps towards treatment access by building on current efforts to scale up anti-AIDS programmes in low- and middle-income countries. (PLUSNEWS)

 
awards

US/SA Health Reporting Awards

Khopotso Bodibe
Radio category

Kerry Cullinan
Magazine category and overall winner of the US/SA Health Journalist of the
Year Award.

Bessie Head Writer’s Fellowship

Kerry Cullinan
The annual award is used to sponsor the research and writing of a series of articles dealing with a chosen aspect of contemporary African life.

Winner of the Highway Africa 2001 Award

Innovative Use of
New Media in
African Journalism
(NGO Category)

 
 
   
 
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Remembering Peter Busse
10.01.2006
Peter Busse
Peter Busse, one of the first South Africans to openly declare his HIV status, died on Friday. Health-e News Service spoke to a few people whose lives Busse touched in many different ways.
by Anso Thom
 
 
Eastern Cape struggling to cope with Aids
06.12.2005
There was little to celebrate in South Africa and more specifically in the Eastern Cape on World Aids Day.
by Anso Thom
 
 
Another bizarre year for AIDS policy
05.12.2005
This has been another confusing year for those trying to make sense of government's AIDS policy, thanks to the Minister of Health and her oddball connections
by Kerry Cullinan
 
 
Fatal attraction
05.12.2005
In Vulindlela, the pleasures an older man with money is able to give to a teenage girl come at a price: six times’ greater risk of HIV.
by Kerry Cullinan
 
 
School carer Patience Cele has helped Nosihle and her brother Siphesihle to get grants
School carers help children in need
01.12.2005
At Nosihle’s school, Izingolweni Primary School in the south of KwaZulu-Natal, one in ten children have lost one or both parents.
by Kerry Cullinan
 
 
Called to serve their community…Irene Benjamin and Sister Chrisna du Plessis
Bucking the trend of alcohol and AIDS
01.12.2005
Shelley Point, Stompneus Bay, Paternoster, Hopefield…place names that for many conjure up images of lazy holidays filled white beaches, blue sea, whale watching, surfing, crayfish and cold wine.
by Anso Thom
 
 
   
 
A tribute to Peter
Living with AIDS #243

12.01.2006
Peter Busse
Peter Busse loved a good party and played host to some of the greatest parties around. However, he didn’t only love to play. He was also a renowned teacher on HIV and AIDS. And his passing on has left a void in the AIDS community.
by Khopotso Bodibe
 
 
Hein Marais
Buckling – AIDS Review 2005
Living with AIDS #242

15.12.2005
The impact of South Africa’s severe AIDS epidemic will continue to change society. But, how and along what lines? AIDS writer Hein Marais, grapples with these questions and tries to find answers in “Buckling: The Impact of AIDS in South Africa”.
by Khopotso Bodibe
 
 
Co-ordinator, Petunia Mkhize with the learners
The classroom of life
Living with AIDS #241

08.12.2005
An after-school programme at Winnie Ngwekazi, a primary school in Pimville, some few metres away from the busy Old Potch Road linking the Soweto township with the major high-ways into Johannesburg, teaches youngsters about the harsh realities of life.
by Khopotso Bodibe
 
 
Goodman Vilakazi
Education for the neglected
Living with AIDS # 240

01.12.2005
Goodman Vilakazi’s physical disability has never been an obstacle. The 58-year old man in a wheel-chair has looked beyond what could be a serious shortcoming and runs a literacy project for other disabled people and the elderly in his community.
by Khopotso Bodibe
 
 
Ahswin Willemse
Leading by example
01.12.2005
Springbok wing Ashwin Willemse, knows the importance of taking an HIV test. Announcing that he had been tested this week, he hopes that he will encourage the youth to act responsibly and do the same.
by Khopotso Bodibe
 
 
Your partner’s HIV status may not be yours
Living with AIDS #239

24.11.2005
Two out of every three new HIV infections that occur in Africa are in people who are in stable relationships. Also, it has been observed that about one in five couples in Africa are known to be in a discordant relationship, where only one partner is HIV positive. These observations have led to the promotion of what is now known as “Couples’ HIV counselling and testing” to strengthen prevention efforts.
by Khopotso Bodibe
 
 
   
 
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