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September 14, 2017 12:23 PM Aids dragging life expectancy down in Africa

Barcelona - The average life expectancy of people in 11 African countries will drop below 40 by 2010 as HIV and Aids continues to shorten the lives of millions, said US government researchers on Sunday. "By 2010, we project that life expectancies in these countries will be back to levels that have not been seen since the nineteenth century," said the US Census 96

September 14, 2017 1:23 AM Aids horror poses Botswana extinction threat

Gabarone - The truly devastating threat that Aids poses to Africa comes into painful focus when the President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, says his country faces extinction from the disease. Mogae, who leads this diamond-rich southern Africa country of 1,6 million people, is not being alarmist or playing with rhetoric when he speaks out on Aids. The United 111

September 13, 2017 1:23 PM Italy steps in to help Moz fight Aids

Rome - Italy's Roman Catholic Sant'Egidio community on Thursday announced a wide-ranging four-year programme to prevent and fight Aids in Mozambique. The programme, backed by French professor and Aids specialist Luc Montagnier, will be financed by the Italian government to the tune of $7-million euros (R42-million). Mario Marazziti, speaking for Sant'Egidio 71

September 13, 2017 12:12 AM United States pledges 400 mln dollars to Mozambique to fight AIDS

MAPUTO, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government, through its embassy in Maputo, pledged to disburse 400 million U.S. dollars to help Mozambique fight HIV/AIDS, U.S. ambassador to Mozambique Dean Pittman announced here on Tuesday. "I am honored to announce that the U.S. government will invest 400 million U.S. dollars to fight HIV/AIDS as part of the U.S. President's 89

September 12, 2017 10:24 PM UN warns of Aids funding shortfall in Africa

Nairobi - The United Nations Aids group warned on Sunday of a massive $3-billion (almost R22-billion) shortfall in funding to fight the disease in sub-Saharan Africa where almost 30 million people are living with HIV and Aids. "Even with recent increases in Aids spending, the mismatch between need and funding continues to be one of the biggest obstacles 107

September 12, 2017 9:12 PM Study yields good news on Aids in Botswana

Gaborone - Botswana's people are generally Aids-wise both in their behaviour and their knowledge, yet the country has one of the world's highest rates of HIV infection. Preliminary findings of the Botswana Aids Impact Survey (BAIS), completed last month, revealed that people are aware of the nature of HIV infections and how to prevent them, they are not promiscuous 103

September 12, 2017 7:21 PM Thousands Of Americans Still Die Of AIDS Every Year

Yet antiretroviral therapy can turn the deadly disease into a manageable chronic condition. Antiretroviral therapy has transformed HIV from a death sentence to a manageable chronic condition for many. Yet as the death of 41-year-old Broadway composer Michael Friedman this past Saturday reminds us, thousands of Americans still die every year from HIV/AIDS 121

September 11, 2017 1:40 AM UNAIDS asks Chinese to produce drugs

The head of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS has called on China to boost prevention and control in Africa by encouraging the country's drugmakers to open production hubs on the continent. Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, said the central government should use the China-Africa Development Fund to mobilize key pharmaceutical 93

September 11, 2017 1:08 AM Sexual behaviour needs dramatic change

United Nations - A year after the 189-nation General Assembly adopted a plan to halt the Aids epidemic, a UN report issued on Sunday said "dramatic changes" in sexual awareness and behaviour are still needed in many poor countries to stop the advance of the killer disease. The report examined data from 39 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and concluded 99

September 1, 2017 4:00 AM Fresh push to decriminalise sex work

In a meeting with religious leaders, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and their activists, the sex workers provided intimate details of their trials and tribulations, and made the case for the legalisation of their profession. Prominent human rights lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi said the fight for decriminalisation was increasingly pointing 44