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SAfAIDS Commitment to Blood Donations Gets Recognition

SAfAIDS Media Desk, 15 June 2016 (Tariro Makanga-Chikumbirike) -SAfAIDS last night was amongst corporates and blood donors who received recognition from the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) for its commitment and support to ensuring adequate blood stocks in Zimbabwe. The awards were part of the World Blood Donor Day commemorations, which fall each year on 14 June.

HIV-positive adolescents need to be rapidly linked to specialist care to have best chances of sustaining engagement with HIV services

PUERTO RICO, 14 June 2016 (aidsmap) -  Adolescents newly diagnosed with HIV need to be rapidly incorporated into HIV care networks to have the best chances of remaining in care in the long term, research from the United States published in the June 1st edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows.

The Doctor Who First Saw AIDS Believes in a 'Possible Cure'

LOS ANGELES, 14 June 2016 (nbcnews) - Thirty-five years ago this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on five cases of a mysterious lung infection in previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles. No one could imagine the devastating loss of human life that would follow that first article.

HIV self-testing has several advantages, but some barriers to HIV testing likely to remain

CAPE TOWN, 7 June 2016 (aidsmap) - A service offering kits for HIV self-testing in South Africa has the potential to improve uptake of HIV testing by individuals who fear breaches of confidentiality or who do not trust healthcare workers, according to a qualitative study published in PLoS ONE. But other, long-standing barriers to accessing HIV testing are likely to remain pertinent – individuals who do not feel ‘ready’ to know their status, who worry about HIV-related stigma or who fear dying of AIDS will probably still be reluctant to test.

UN High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS faces battle over key populations

NEW YORK, 7 June 2016 (aidsmap) - Alliance of reactionary countries seeks to block recognition of key populations in a new global framework for HIV response

Ending child marriages- Journey of a brave Zimbabwean girl who took the matter to the Constitutional court

For Zimbabwe, 20th January 2016 made its way into history books as the full bench of the Constitutional Court ruled that child marriages are unconstitutional. Any perpetrator will face the full arm of the law. SAfAIDS had the privilege of interviewing one of the courageous girls who faced the full bench and argued their case, and in the process gaining victory for the girl child in Zimbabwe. 

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