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2016 has fast come and gone! We are now in December, the last month of 2016. As in past years, the 1st of December is a day when the whole world commemorates World AIDS Day. SAfAIDS joins the rest of the world today in standing together and walking the Ending AIDS by 2030 journey with zest. This is the day that we need to raise awareness about HIV and demonstrate our commitment and solidarity to all efforts being done in the global HIV response.

SAfAIDS news

Hormonal contraception and the risk of HIV acquisition in women

GENEVA, 11 August 2016 (WHO) - For the past 25 years, there has been mixed evidence as to whether use of hormonal contraceptive methods (particularly depot medroxyprogesterone acetate [DMPA]) is associated with a woman’s risk of acquiring HIV.

Africa: The Next 16 Years

GENEVA, 10 August 2016 (allAfrica) - The historic return of the International AIDS Conference to Durban was a moment to celebrate the advances made against the AIDS epidemic in the last 16 years as well as to contemplate the journey ahead. Perhaps more than any other 16 years in history, the period between AIDS 2000 and AIDS 2016 teaches us how much we can achieve if we galvanize the power of humanity for a cause.

Launch of the Village to Village- I Know My HIV Status- Do you? 90 x 90 x 90 Campaign in Marondera District

On the 2nd of August 2016, SAfAIDS in partnership with Seke Rural Home based Care with support from UNAIDS ESA, launched the Rock leadership 90 V2V campaign in Marondera district at Chief Svosve’s rural homestead. More than 350 people attended the event. The launch was also used as a platform to provide integrated HTS, targeting men, women, adolescents and children from the community to know their HIV status.

SAfAIDS opens a Young4Real YPISA Summit in Harare

HARARE, 28 July 2016 (SAfAIDS Media) - Forty Young People Information Services Advocates (YPISAs) are gathered in Harare to attend a SAfAIDS Young 4 Real, Making the Rights Choices Summit. Representing South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the YPISAs have been brought together to learn from each other on the key approaches that they can use to mobilize young people in Sexual and Reproduc tive Health Rights Programming.

Teachers Tackle HIV in School-going Adolescent Girls

Mazuru Passwell is one of the first 160 of 800 teachers to be trained in Zimbabwe, by SAfAIDS, under the DREAMS Initiative, to reduce new HIV infections in adolescent girls by 40% in two years. Teachers are being capacitated to deliver comprehensive HIV and GBV prevention in 30-minute Guidance and Counselling lessons.

World’s largest study of HIV self-testing gets off the ground

DURBAN, 22 July 2016 (aidsmap) - Early data from STAR, the largest study yet of HIV self-testing, suggests that there is a strong demand for self-testing in rural Zimbabwe, the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) heard this week. Other studies examined whether self-testing kits can help the male partners of pregnant women to test and whether such use might sometimes be coercive.

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