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South Africa: Scaling up cash transfers for HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women

JOHANNESBURG, 21 August 2014 (UNAIDS) - Now a 19-year-old university student in South Africa, Noxolo Myeketsi started receiving a social welfare grant in 2005. Part of a state-run programme to assist poor households, the cash transfers allowed her to stay in school and her grandmother to buy food and pay their bills.

 

Africa: The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa - Contraception

NAIROI, 18 August 2014 (IPS) - In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa - contraceptives for HIV positive women. Yet contraception is the second pillar of successful prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child (PMTCT), along with preventing infection among women and babies, and caring for those infected.

AIDS Conference Returns to Durban in 2016

CAPE TOWN, 7 August 2014 (allAfrica) - The International AIDS Society announced in Melbourne last week that the biennial AIDS conference will return to Durban in 2016. But this time, the circumstances in the country are significantly different than 2000. Last year, only around 7 600 babies were infected with HIV by their mothers, in comparison to 56 000 babies in 2003.

Africa: Simple, Smart, Cost-Effective, Breastfeeding Provides Benefits That Last a Lifetime - UN

GENEVA, 5 August 2014 (allAfrica) - The best thing a mother can do for her newborn is breastfeed - which does more than help children survive, it helps them to thrive with benefits that last a lifetime, said the United Nations today, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week.

Africa: Children Living With HIV, That's Where It Hurts the Most

1 August 2014 (allAfrica) - When HIV was discovered in the early 1980s, one shock came after another. First, it is a virus for which there was no cure. Second, it has serious health implications and, before the arrival of antiretroviral therapy, would likely lead to mortality. Finally, most shocking perhaps was the discovery that it was trans-generational, which means babies being born with the virus.

Africa: Heightened HIV Risk for People With Disabilities

MELBOURNE, 31 July 2014 (allAfrica)  — Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists.

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