HIV/AIDS (PlusNews)

Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

KAMPALA, 25 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn. full report

Raising awareness of child sex abuse in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 16 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A low level of knowledge about sexual abuse is leaving Cambodia’s children vulnerable to harm, and a new report shows that despite sex education initiatives in recent years, a poor understanding by parents and children of what sexual abuse is, persists. full report

Young Zimbabweans miss out on HIV testing

HARARE, 9 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Young people with HIV are dying in increasing numbers in Zimbabwe at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. full report

Vietnam's counterfeit condom crisis

BANGKOK, 9 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially-available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country’s tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk. full report

Alarm as Uganda moves to criminalize HIV transmission

Kampala, 9 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Activists in Uganda, where HIV prevalence is on the rise, have warned that new legislation criminalizing deliberate transmission of the virus will further undermine efforts to stem the AIDS epidemic and erode the rights of those living with HIV. full report

Hepatitis B - a silent emergency in Senegal

DAKAR, 8 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than two million people in Senegal, or some 15 percent of the population, including 350,000 chronic carriers, have hepatitis B as a result of untimely vaccinations, prohibitive treatment costs and lack of universal screening to curb transmissions. full report

Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda

KAMPALA, 2 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on healthcare services, particularly for HIV/AIDS patients. full report

More work on HIV in Laos needed

VIENTIANE, 12 March 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing. full report

Reaching out to men who have sex with men in Myanmar

YANGON, 7 March 2014 (IRIN Asia) - A colonial-era law criminalizing "unnatural" sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar "hidden, silenced and shamed", hindering efforts to contain HIV/AIDS among this highly at-risk group, AIDS experts and activists say. full report

HIV interventions also needed behind bars

MANILA, 12 February 2014 (IRIN Global) - Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts. full report

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