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CHIVHU, 14 November 2013 (Herald) - All pregnant women who test HIV positive will immediately be placed on anti-retroviral treatment despite their CD4 count, Vice President Joice Mujuru has said. Officially launching the new HIV intervention code-named Option B+ and the elimination of mother to child transmission week at Madziire Secondary School in Chikomba yesterday, VP Mujuru said HIV-positive women would now be taking a three-in-one pill everyday instead of the previous plan where they took three different ARVs at a time.
LUSAKA, 14 November 2013 (UNAIDS) - An international delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), made a recent visit to Zambia from 4-6 November to learn more about the successes and challenges in a country where almost 13% of the adult population is living with HIV.
HARARE, 13 November 2013 (Herald) - The Centre for Sexual Health, HIV and AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) has registered 12 383 sex workers throughout the country between the ages of 12 and 60 years since 2009. Of these women, 10 445 have been treated for sexually transmitted diseases, while 2 132 tested positive for HIV and have since been referred for anti-retroviral treatment.
ADDIS ABABA, 13 November 2013 (AU) - Ahead of the Global Fund replenishment meeting in December this year, African health ministers, parliamentarians, civil society organisations and development partners met to find a pathway for accelerating domestic funding for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund estimates that US$ 87 billion will be required from 2014 to 2016 to reach all vulnerable populations in low and middle-income countries with essential services to bring AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria under control.
HARARE, 12 November 2013 (Herald) - The Government is set to launch the UN World Health Organisation's (WHO) Option B+ life-prolonging drug to boost the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT). Zimbabwe uses a PMTCT system which involves single-dose antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for the mother - if her CD4 count, a measure of immune system strength, is over 350 - from the 14th week, as well as ARVs during labour, delivery and one week post-partum. Pregnant women with CD4 counts below 350 are advised to start taking ARVs for their own health.
ADDIS ABABA, 11 November, 2013 - Forty experts met to discuss the status and trends of AIDS response coordination in Africa. Thirty-three years into the HIV epidemic, twelve years after the 2001 Abuja Declaration significant progress has been achieved. Millions are receiving life saving treatment; the number of people being newly infected is decreasing in most countries and for the first time since the start of the epidemic domestic expenditure surpassed international assistance.