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The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian of the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s In Africa (ICASA) with great pleasure, announces to all esteemed stakeholders and cherished delegates that Zimbabwe has been chosen to host ICASA 2015. The SAA Board officially announced the host country at a press conference in Harare on the 25th of June 2015. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa representing the Government of Zimbabwe and Dr. Ihab Ahmed, SAA President.

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Nigeria: Young People and Their Reproductive Health

ABUJA, 20 April 2015 (allAfrica) - Over half of the world's population is below 25 years of age . Talking about the sexuality of young people is still very controversial, even though pregnancy is the main cause of death among women between 15 and 19 years worldwide. Complications in giving birth and unsafe abortion practices contribute greatly to these worrying numbers. Also, almost half of all new HIV infections occur among young people.

HIV prevention programme Dive Safely! launched in Kazan ahead of the FINA World Championships

KAZAN, 16 April 2015 (UNAIDS) - Dive Safely!, an HIV prevention programme to raise awareness during the upcoming aquatic World Championships, was launched in Tatarstan, Russian Federation. Representatives of the Directorate of Sports Projects, the Ministry of Health of Tatarstan, the nongovernmental organization New Century and the UNAIDS Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia signed the agreement on 14 April in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan.

Botswana: ACHAP Track Record Speaks Volumes

GABORONE, 16 April 2015 (allAfrica) - The African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) prides itself on various achievements and looks forward to continuous partnerships with the government and other stakeholders in the fight against HIIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.

Africa: Global Recession Linked to Rising HIV Deaths, Study Finds

MONROVIA, 15 April 2015 (allAfrica) - Rising unemployment is linked to higher death rates from HIV, according to research published in the Journal of Global Health. The study, which looked at the effects of the global recession on HIV mortality, also found that increased public health spending helps to reduce deaths from the disease.

Africa: New Approach Against HIV Virus 'Holds Promise'

14 April 2015 (allAfrica) - The first human trial of a new type of HIV therapy suggests it could be a promising weapon in the fight against the virus. A report in the journal 'Nature' shows that infusions of so-called 'broadly neutralising antibodies' could suppress the amount of HIV in a patient's blood.

Africa: Co-Infections and Co-Morbidities Framework Approved

NAIROBI, 9 April 2015 (allAfrica) - The Board approved a recommendation submitted by the Strategy and Investment for Impact Committee to allow countries to use some of their allocations to fund interventions in response to co-infections that can exacerbate HIV, TB or malaria.

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