Category Archives: sub-saharan Africa

  1. An interview with South African Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron discussing homophobia in Africa

    via BBC HARDtalk, Interview with Edwin Cameron Living as an openly gay man in socially conservative Africa is hard enough, but Edwin Cameron went even further. He was the first public official in South Africa to reveal his HIV positive status. Nelson Mandela appointed him a judge and he now serves on South Africa’s Constitutional Court. There Read More >>

    Africa, Anti-Homosexuality Bill, homophobia, homosexuality, South Africa, sub-saharan Africa
  2. No time to give up on microbicides

    via, by Julie Frederikse Africans tracking the worldwide HIV epidemic have not found much to celebrate since Aids began ravaging the continent 30 years ago, but researchers are optimistic that they are learning as much from their failures as their successes. Sub-Saharan Africa still carries the biggest burden of HIV worldwide, and while there has been Read More >>

    Africa, CAPRISA, Microbicides, Salim S. Abdool Karim, South Africa, sub-saharan Africa, VOICE
  3. Meet Thomas Muyunga: Another New Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate!

    “When one goes to fish, they go to the water body for fish. With the net one catches all sorts of fish and other debris. Sorting out the fish from debris is part of fishing. Same applies to HIV work. Talk about HIV, engage in activities around mobilising beneficiaries and challenge them to participate fully- make it Read More >>

    Africa, IRMA, MARPs, Microbicides, sub-saharan Africa, Uganda
  4. Meet Amadou Moreau: Another New Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate!

    “Advocating for the cause of minority groups in general is on my everyday to do list.” Amadou Moreau is an IRMA advocate from Dakar, Senegal. There he is also a sociologist and demographer and Vice President of Global Initiatives at the Global Research and Advocacy Group (GRAG) – and he loves his job. HIV related matters are Read More >>

    Africa, human rights, IRMA, new prevention technologies, Senegal, sub-saharan Africa
  5. ‘Confront legal and policy barriers to HIV’: Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Dialogue on HIV and the Law

    Via UNAIDS. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the region most heavily affected by HIV, legal, policy and social barriers, including stigma, discrimination, gender inequality and the criminalization of key populations at higher risk of HIV infection, continue to make people vulnerable to HIV and hamper the ability of individuals, communities and states to respond to the epidemic. This was Read More >>

    Africa, criminalization, discrimination, HIV/AIDS policy, homosexuality, MSM, sex work, stigma, sub-saharan Africa, taboo
  6. Risk factors for HIV vary between African cities, need tailored responses

    Via AIDSMap, by Carole Leach-Lemens. A comparative study in three large cities in southern Africa has found big differences in risk factors for acquisition of HIV infection, emphasising the importance of locally tailored HIV prevention strategies and up-to-date information on local risk factors. The study looked at behavioural risk factors associated with acquiring HIV infection in 5000 Read More >>

    Africa, behavioral research, Durban, Harare, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, Infections, Johannesburg, sexual behavior, South Africa, sub-saharan Africa, Zimbabwe
  7. “In it to save lives”

    Via Science Speaks, by Meredith Mazzotta. To the sound of a ticking metronome, Dr. Caroline Ryan of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator gave an update on the scale up of voluntary medical male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa Wednesday morning at the premiere of the new short film “In It to Save Lives: Scaling Up Voluntary Read More >>

    Africa, circumcision, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, PEPFAR, sub-saharan Africa
  8. Kenya: Counselling, not alarm device, had best effect on ART adherence

    Via aidsmap, by Carole Leach-Lemens Patients in Nairobi, Kenya getting intensive early adherence counselling when starting antiretroviral therapy were 29% less likely to have poor adherence and 59% less likely to have virological failure compared to those getting no counselling Michael H Chung and colleagues reported in a randomised, controlled trial published in the March issue of Read More >>

    adherence, antiretroviral therapy, ART, counseling, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, public health, resistance, sub-saharan Africa, Treatment
  9. African Girls Getting World Bank Cash Deters Sex With ‘Sugar Daddies’

    Via Bloomberg, by Simon Clark Young women in sub-Saharan Africa have HIV infection rates up to three times higher than their male peers, largely because of relationships with older “sugar daddies” who give them money in exchange for sex. The phenomenon contributes significantly to HIV’s spread, said Ester Etkin of loveLife, South Africa’s largest anti-AIDS group. A Read More >>

    Africa, girls, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Malawi, sexual behavior, sub-saharan Africa, sugar daddies, teenagers, World Bank