AllAfrica | 03 August 2011
Jairus Musau tested HIV-positive two years ago, but when he was told he would not immediately be given antiretrovirals, his parents insisted he visit a traditional healer in his eastern Kenya hometown of Kitui.
Finance and funding
Pink News | 03 August 2011
A 750,000 euro donation from Elton John to combat HIV in Ireland has not been spent, it has emerged. The singer gave the money to the government two years ago to be used in a clean needle project for drug addicts.
Injecting drug users
Google Alerts HIV | 02 August 2011
Arash Alaei, whose work on HIV treatment won world recognition, was jailed in 2008 for attending US conferencesNobel-prize winning scientists have thrown their support behind an international campaign calling for the release of a pioneering Aids doctor imprisoned in Iran.Brothers Arash and Kamiar Alaei, whose work on HIV treatment and prevention programmes earned international recognition, were arrested in June 2008 for allegedly trying to overthrow the Islamic regime.Kamiar Alaei, 37, a Harvard University alumnus, was released in October after serving a three-year prison term but his brother Arash, 42, remains in Tehran's Evin prison to complete his six-year sentence.The brothers fell foul of the Iranian authorities because they participated in several international HIV treatment programmes and conferences held in the US."We were never involved in politics. We were simply doctors trying to serve our people good, our arrests came as a surprise," Kamiar Alaei told the Guardian by phone from the US.The Alaei brothers started their work in 1997 in a small clinic in their home town, Kermanshah, at the time when talking about HIV/Aids and using condoms were taboo in Iran.Under the former reformist president Mohammad Khatami, the Alaeis received government help to open Aids clinics, distribute condoms and establish needle-exchange programmes nationwide.But when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president in 2005, the government cracked down on individuals and institutes who were communicating with the outside world.As a neighbour to Afghanistan, the leading producer and supplier of opium to the world, Iran is one of the largest consumers of illicit drugs, especially heroine and opium. According to Alaei, 70% of those diagnosed with Aids in Iran are drug users.According to Alaei, officials acknowledged that 23,000 people in Iran are living with Aids – but unofficial reports put the figures between 80,000 and 100,000.After their arrests, the brothers were kept for several months in solitary confinement and later sentenced to prison after what Amnesty International described as a one-day "unfair trial". Inside jail, Alaei said, the two brothers worked with inmates to improve their health.A petition in support of Arash Alaei, launched by the US-based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), has been signed by prominent medics including two Nobel prize laureates, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Sir Richard J Roberts."Their landmark efforts to bring patients, communities and families together to reduce stigma and provide comprehensive Aids prevention and treatment are remarkable and remain singular achievements in healthcare in Iran. We only hope that Dr Arash Alaei can be freed to continue this critical and groundbreaking work," said Susannah Sirkin, PHR's deputy director.Thanks to the work of the Alaei brothers, the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS described Iran's needle-exchange programme as one of the "clear examples of courageous, visionary leadership in the response to HIV" in its 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic.A BBC documentary in 2004, Mohammad and the Matchmaker, made by Maziar Bahari, features the work of the Alaeis who often became very close to their patients, to help them cope with their new lives.IranAids and HIVMiddle EastUnited NationsHuman rightsAmnesty InternationalNobel prizesSaeed Kamali Dehghanguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
The New Indian Express | 02 August 2011
With an aim to track HIV positive pregnant mother and addressing HIV infection
among children up to to 18 months or for early infant diagnosis, the Karnataka
State AIDS Prevention Society (KSAPS) has come out with the first of its kind
HIV and criminal law
Housing Works | 02 August 2011
A new bill could put an end to HIV criminalization laws that impose cruel and unfair penalties on people with HIV.
Infectiousness and treatment as prevention
AllAfrica | 02 August 2011
Though a cure for HIV/AIDS is yet to be found, the Director General of NACA Professor John Idoko says couple with different status (one negative and the other positive) can marry, give birth to negative babies, live a normal life, using treatment as prevention.
Positively Aware | 02 August 2011
Recently, I was surprised to learn that I had allegedly “given up on gay men.” According to Michael Weinstein, president and founder of the so-called “AIDS Healthcare Foundation,” I now consider the lives of gay men, including my own, “disposable.” What great crime have I committed to deserve Mr. Weinstein’s condemnation?
Medical procedures and other blood-borne exposure
Times of India | 02 August 2011
It is wobbly with a crooked needle and a depressed piston. The tip looks blunt, the cap is loose and the tube has a pale exterior. 'For single use only', says the instruction printed on the syringe but it looks far from a fresh one, safe enough for use.
Confidentiality, consent and medical ethics
Times LIVE | 02 August 2011
Staff at a government clinic are forcing patients to take HIV tests and those who refuse are denied treatment for their ailment.
Religion and faith
Daily Monitor | 02 August 2011
The Health Minister Christine Ondoa's remarks that HIV/Aids can be cured through prayer have not been received well by both health practitioners and born-again preachers who called it careless and misleading remarks.