News : AIDS and STDs

Kenya: Study Suggests Men on ARVs Succumb Earlier to HIV-Related Illnesses

[Nation] Findings of a study by a team of researchers indicates that Kenyan men on antiretroviral therapy (ART) succumbed earlier to HIV-related illnesses, compared to female patients. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Govt to Combine HIV Treatment With Non-Communicable Diseases

[Monitor] The Health Ministry has said it is running pilot projects in some health facilities to determine ways of including treatment for non-communicable diseases to usual HIV/Aids treatment so as to curb deaths among the patients. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Mourning and Remembering Andrew Mosane, One of SA's Most Colourful HIV, Human Rights and Queer Activists

[Daily Maverick] 'Queer as f**k, mad as a hatter, outrageous, ostentatious, brave, difficult, unrelenting; an activist with strengths and weaknesses on show.' - An activist remembers Andrew Mosane. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Health in 2021 - Spotlight's Top 12 Questions

[spotlight] While COVID-19 will continue to make headlines for some time, 2021 will also be a critical year for healthcare reforms in South Africa and for various aspects of the country's HIV and TB response. These are Spotlight's top 12 healthcare questions for the year. (AllAfrica)

Africa: African Countries Differ Widely in Prenatal HIV Testing - Why It Matters

[The Conversation Africa] The introduction of antiretroviral drugs has resulted in a remarkable decline in mother-to-child transmission of HIV. New infections among children declined by 52% worldwide and 55% in sub-Saharan Africa between 2010 and 2019. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Global Fund Signs $8.5 Billion Grants to Fight HIV, TB, Malaria

[Premium Times] "This is the highest amount of grants ever signed in a single year by the Global Fund," the group said. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: HIV, Tuberculosis Care Neglected Due to Covid-19 - Health Minister

[Leadership] Abuja -- The Minister of state for health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora has revealed that the care and attention given to HIV, tuberculosis and other ailments have been neglected due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigerian Govt Yet to Redeem Commitment to Persons Living With HIV - Group

[Premium Times] The group wants the government to provide drugs for PLWHIV and tests kits to ensure more people get tested. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Tpsf Urged to Participate in Fight Against Aids

[Daily News] AIDS Trust Fund (ATF) has called for increased participation of members of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) in the fight against HIV/Aids. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Ministry Makes Strides in Preventing HIV Transmission

[The Herald] Herald Reporter (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Woman Who Changed the HIV Stigma Narrative in Nyatike

[Nation] She is passionate about her venture and does her work with zeal. For 35 years, Margaret Otieno has been an embodiment of resilience. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 1.8 Million Nigerians Living With HIV/Aids - NACA

[Vanguard] No fewer than 1.8 million persons are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: People With HIV Should Be Central to Prevention Efforts

[New Frame] HIV and Aids programmes will work better if they integrate the message of the U=U campaign about the relationship between viral suppression and halting the sexual transmission of HIV. (AllAfrica)

Africa: How Covid-19 May Result in One Million Excess Deaths From Other Diseases in Africa

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The pandemic has hit Africa's overburdened health services and left many unable to access treatment - raising fears of up to one million excess deaths from other illnesses (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Benue - HIV/Aids Prevalence Rate Drops From Ten to 4.9%

[Leadership] Makurdi -- Benue State Ministry of Health and Human Services has said that the successful placement of over 188,000 persons living with HIV/AIDs on treatment has dropped the pandemic prevalence rate from 10 percent to 4.9 percent as at June 2020. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: United Nations Agencies Deliver Lifeline Food Assistance to 25,000 Eritrean Refugees in Tigray

[WFP] Eritrean refugees in two camps in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia received a month's worth of food supplies through a joint distribution by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Ethiopia's Agency for Refugees and Returnee Affairs (ARRA). (AllAfrica)

Africa: Here's Where Efforts to End HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa Must Focus

[The Conversation Africa] The World AIDS Day commemoration of 2020 took place in the midst of a global pandemic. It served as another reminder that people are not only susceptible to pathogens, but to the political, social and economic inequities that determine vulnerability to infections. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Road Accidents Now Kills More Nigerians Than HIV, TB - Govt

[This Day] Abuja -- The federal government yesterday lamented the frequency of carnages caused by road accidents in the country, noting that deaths resulting from crashes have now exceeded the ones caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV) and the deadly tuberculosis disease combined. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: IOM - Partners Start Distribution of Relief Materials to the Affected Population

[SNA] Khartoum -- The Director of the UN International Organiaton for Migration (IOM), Catherine Northring , on Tuesday, outlined that the organizationin cooperation with the USAID and the partners started the distribution of the 155 ton of relief materials to the affected population in the country. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Covid-19 and HIV - So Far It Seems the Outcome Is Not What Was Feared

[The Conversation Africa] Based on official figures - which may be somewhat under reported - COVID-19 has not been as devastating in South Africa as initially feared. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Chikwawa Diocese Launches Project to Prevent New HIV Infections Among Children

[Nyasa Times] Chikwawa Diocese of the catholic Church, through its Social Services Directorate, has launched an HIV project to prevent new infections among children in the district. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: About 900,000 People Living With HIV/Aids Unaccounted for - Group

[Premium Times] "Out of the 1.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, about 900,000 are yet to show up for treatment and are currently unaccounted for" (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Global Fund Cash Taken From Amref, Given to Red Cross

[Nation] The transparency of the process through which money from the Global Fund is allocated is in doubt after Kenya's judging panel revoked an earlier award yesterday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Hypertension, Cancer, HIV Kill 600,000 Nigerians Annually - NCD Alliance

[Vanguard] Worried about the growing trend of hypertension, cancer, HIV, Sickle Cell Disease, and other Non-Communicable Diseases, NCDs, among Nigerians, President of the NCD Alliance Nigeria, Dr. Sonny Kuku, says not less than 60,000 Nigerians die from these diseases annually. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: NACA Unveils New HIV Test Kits, As Global Fund Pledges $890m

[This Day] The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has formerly launched a new test kit for HIV, known as WONDFO HIV 1 and 2 Rapid Test Kit. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Lives at Risk as Public Hospitals Ran Out of ARVs

[Nation] Close to two million Kenyans who rely on antiretroviral drugs from public hospitals to suppress HIV have been without the life-saving drugs for four months, the Nation has established. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: WHO Donates Lifesaving Equipment and Medical Supplies to Help Fight Covid-19 in Sierra Leone

[WHO] The World Health Organization continues to expend its strategic technical expertise support to include logistical and operational support to the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to respond to COCID-19 pandemic. This was demonstrated with the recent donation of COVID-19 response supplies and equipment worth more than 600,000 US Dollars. The consignment, which were officially handed over to the Minister of Health and Sanitation by the WHO Representative on 4 September (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Govt Approves New Test Kit for HIV

[Vanguard] In its effort to ensure that the spread of the HIV virus is drastically reduced, the Federal Government has approved the inclusion of "Wondfo HIV I and II" rapid test kits for use in the country. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: HIV - Naca, NHRC Parley to Tackle Human Rights Violations

[Vanguard] The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, are collaborating on human rights issues to enhance the national HIV and AIDS response. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Rights Commission, Naca Partner to Tackle HIV Stigmatization

[Daily Trust] The National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the National Human Rights Commission are working towards addressing stigma, discrimination and other HIV-related human rights abuses. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Alumni Donate Groceries to Teachers of Mbapapi Secondary School Amid Covid-19

[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu -- Former students of Mbapapi Private Secondary School in Kasungu District, Saturday donated foodstuffs and assorted groceries worth K500,000.00 to teachers and support staff at the school to cushion them from economic shocks caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. (AllAfrica)

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