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    My experiences of hospitalisation are mixed. I’ve been admitted twice in the last six months, both times for a minor operation. However, following the excellent...

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  • Malawi First Country to Put HIV Positive Pregnant Women On ARVs

    President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.

    16 hours ago | AllAfrica
  • The end of AIDS and the NGO Code of Conduct

    In 2008, a consortium of concerned international NGOs and advocacy organisations introduced the NGO Code of Conduct for Health System Strengthening, which highlighted how disproportionate funding for NGOs, rather than for public sector health systems, has undermined public services in many developing countries.The NGO Code of Conduct outlines a set of proposed best practices for NGOs to support local public services. However, after promoting the NGO Code of Conduct for 5 years, the behaviour of some NGOs seems unlikely to change unless donors hold them accountable for adhering to these best practices.

    27 August 2014 | The Lancet
  • Three Approaches to Beating the AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

    South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly. To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say. Many pilot projects to do that have been started with aid from the United States government program called Pepfar. Here are some of them.

    26 August 2014 | New York Times
  • .HIV Web Domain Fights AIDS One Click at a Time

    The .com’s and .net’s of the world have a new, more charitable neighbor to welcome online. A new initiative called dotHIV officially launched Tuesday with plans to sell .HIV domain names to web creators as part of a fundraising effort to fight and prevent HIV and AIDS. Companies and individuals can purchase .HIV domain names for $179, and a small donation will be made to an HIV- or AIDS-related charity each time a web user visits the site.

    26 August 2014 | Re/code
  • Nigeria Wakes Up to its AIDS Threat

    Nigeria’s HIV infection rate of 3.2 percent appears low in comparison to southern Africa’s, but with a population of 173 million, it translates into huge numbers – 3.4 million Nigerians lived with HIV in 2013.

    04 August 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • On AIDS: Three Lessons From Africa

    Analysis of three countries that are doing very well on some aspect of fighting AIDS: Rwanda, Ethiopia and Malawi.

    04 August 2014 | New York Times
  • Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

    Four Florida insurers allegedly discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS by structuring their prescription drug benefits so that patients are discouraged from enrolling, according to a complaint filed by health advocacy groups.

    09 July 2014 | NPR
  • HIV interventions will not reach those who need them without increased efficiencies, review says

    While noting that HIV service delivery can’t be increased to needed levels with reduced resources, authors of a systematic review published in the July World Health Organization Bulletin say more efficient use of existing resources will be critical to making meaningful reductions in prevalence and infection rates.

    04 July 2014 | Science Speaks
  • Between credibility and conflict of interest

    "AIDS organizations don’t represent us”; “Others are making their names with their HIV/AIDS work without producing tangible benefits for people with HIV.” I’m paraphrasing, of course, but the sentiments and the expression of them should be familiar to anyone living with HIV or working in the HIV field.

    04 July 2014 | Positive Lite
  • Why HIV Drug Costs Are Spiking Under Obamacare

    Since the start of this year, many people with HIV have seen the out-of-pocket costs of their medications skyrocket. And advocates argue it's not just price-gouging, but a blatant attempt to discriminate against patients who need expensive treatments.

    01 July 2014 | BuzzFeed
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