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IPS Examines HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Youth, Adolescents In Africa

Inter Press Service examines HIV/AIDS among youth in Africa, writing, “This is the only group where AIDS-related deaths have increased” and “[t]he rise in AIDS-related deaths among youth shows that they are falling through the cracks of HIV programs mainly designed for adults or children.” The article profiles Maureen Phiri,…

Efforts To Eliminate Human African Trypanosomiasis See Successes, Challenges, Guardian Reports

The Guardian examines international efforts to eliminate human African trypanosomiasis, commonly known as sleeping sickness, which “remains endemic in 36 sub-Saharan African countries today, putting some 70 million people at risk.” The newspaper continues, “Elimination efforts have seen developments on multiple fronts: a strong health system in place for early…

IRIN Examines PMTCT Efforts In Africa

IRIN examines efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in several countries in Africa after the WHO “updated its guidelines in July 2012, and added Option B+ to its recommendations.” Previously, “[t]reatment options recommended by the [WHO] to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV … have depended on CD4 count…

Blog Examines Study On Integrating Family Planning, HIV Services

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines a study conducted in Kenya by Daniel Grossman and Craig Cohen of the University of California, San Francisco, “to determine if integrating family planning services into HIV care and treatment improved the uptake of more effective contraceptive methods, which include…

Escalation Of Violence Worsening Humanitarian Challenge In CAR

“An escalation of violence in the Central African Republic [CAR] is causing thousands to flee their homes into the wilderness, posing a humanitarian challenge in a country that has suffered from destabilization for years,” PBS NewsHour reports. “An estimated one in three people in the country of about five million…

U.S. Military Helping African Militaries Confront HIV/AIDS Epidemic

“U.S. Africa Command [Africom] is making headway in helping militaries across Africa confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic through a program focused on prevention, care and treatment, a senior command official reported [Wednesday],” the American Forces Press Service reports. Mike Hrshchyshn, chief of humanitarian and health activities for Africom’s Security Cooperation Programs…

CNN Interviews U.S. Ambassador To South Africa About Future Of Country’s AIDS Response

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on her show recently interviewed U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard “about HIV/AIDS and the future of the Rainbow Nation,” where “more than six million people — or 10 percent of the entire population — are infected with HIV.” They examine U.S. funding for AIDS programs…

More African Men Seeking Circumcision To Lower HIV Risk

“Circumcision for AIDS prevention is increasing rapidly in eastern and southern Africa, according to newly released figures,” the New York Times reports. “UNAIDS … said about 3.2 million African men had been voluntarily circumcised since word began spreading in 2007 of studies showing that it lowered the risk of infection…

USAID Supports ‘One Stop Centers’ For Victims Of GBV

One Stop Centers in Rwanda “offer critical integrated services to victims [of gender-based violence (GBV)], including immediate counseling, treatment, lab tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and a physical examination by a doctor,” Triphine Muganyinka, gender coordinator for USAID/Rwanda, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” She adds, “Once exams are…