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Africa: Does the Global HIV Response Understand Sex?

MELBOURNE, 29 August 2014 (allAfrica) - Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection.

Zimbabwe: Official Opening of the National Youth Games

MASVINGO, 25 August 2014 (SAfAIDS Media) - All roads led to Mucheke Stadium, Masvingo for the official opening of the National Youth Games on the 20th of August 2014. The province, which houses the phenomenal Great Zimbabwe Monument from which the name Zimbabwe was derived, is the host of the 12th National Youth Games, which are running with the theme of empowering youth and growing the economy through sport. The colourful event drew throngs of people from all walks of life.

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.

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