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China, India Urged to be Generous in Funding Fight Against AIDS

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News July 26, 2010 @ 4:34 pm
image China, India and other growing economies were urged to contribute to the funding of the world's war against AIDS by the head of the Global Fund at the 18th world AIDS conference. Speaking amid deepening concern about donations from western countries, Michel Kazatchkine said a looming funding gap could be bridged by innovative financing but also -- for the first time -- help from emerging giants. Until now, these countries have been recipients of AIDS funds, not donors. ...

UK Conservative Muslims Get ‘Halal’ Beauty Aids

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image 'Halal' make-up has been launched in Britain by a Muslim who had been working on beauty aids that respected Islamic principles. The range contains plant extracts and minerals instead of pig fat and alcohol, and is made with strict regards for Islamic laws. "I wasn't comfortable praying with make-up on not knowing what was in there. When I researched what was in make-up I found there were a lot of animal products," The Daily Express quoted Samina Akhter as saying. b...

Funding Foe is Back Even as New Fronts Open Up in AIDS War

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image New fronts have opened up at the 18th council of war on AIDS in a nearly three-decade-old campaign but in the grim awareness that a battle-hardened enemy -- the money crunch -- is back. The 20,000 clinicians, policymakers and grassroots workers who attended the International AIDS Conference, which ended here Friday, were strengthened by the most encouraging news in years. Tests among volunteers in South Africa showed that a vaginal gel laced with an HIV-drug could help pr...

Study Explains That Circumcision Would Not Prevent HIV in Gay Men

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image Circumcision in gay men would have little effect on reducing HIV incidence, according to a new US study. Circumcision is thought to reduce the risk of HIV transmission by removing cells in the foreskin that are most susceptible to infection by the virus. Clinical trials conducted in Africa have found it reduces the risk of HIV in heterosexual men, yet there is little evidence that it can reduce transmission among American gay men. The study by the University ...

HIV is Spreading at an Alarming Rate in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News July 23, 2010 @ 9:04 pm
image A lot of factors have fuelled the spread of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, mainly official apathy, discrimination and criminalisation of drug addicts. The six-day World AIDS forum staged a series of workshops and seminars where policymakers and grassroots workers portrayed a regional pandemic growing at murderous pace. Authoritarian policies, homophobia and a refusal to accept solutions tested elsewhere and proven successful are to blame, many said. T...

World AIDS Forum Discusses the Challenge of Tackling Ageing HIV Survivors

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image It might be a huge medical and social challenge to tackle the ageing HIV survivors, according to the discussion held at the World AIDS Forum. The problem is only now becoming apparent as the first generation living with the human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV) head towards their 60th birthday and beyond, thanks to the lifeline of antiretroviral drugs, say specialists. These survivors are mainly in western nations, where the precious therapy first became available from 19...

Anti-gay Laws Have Increased the Spread of HIV in Asia-Pacific

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image The Laws criminalizing gay sex have caused a surge in infection rates of HIV and AIDS in many countries in the Asia-Pacific region according to the United Nations Development Programme. "Some 19 of 48 countries in the Asia Pacific region continue to criminalize male-to-male sex," UNDP said at the World AIDS Conference being held in Vienna this week. "These laws often taken on the force of vigilantism, frequently leading to abuse and human rights violations. Corresponding...

Fashion Show by Sex Workers to Fight Against AIDS

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image A fashion show to highlight discrimination was organized by sex workers at the World AIDS conference on Wednesday. Strutting sexily -- or shyly -- down an improvised catwalk, sex workers and activists drew a large crowd at the Global Village where NGOs have set up booths for the week-long conference. The collection featured skimpy yellow shorts with thin braces, a mini-skirt over red fishnet tights and frilly dresses, with condoms in bright packaging sticking out of bodi...

‘Pragmatic Approach’ to AIDS Urged by Religious Leaders

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image A 'pragmatic approach' and greater involvement by different faiths in the fight against AIDS were urged by representatives of major religions on Wednesday. A document released on the sidelines of the 18th International AIDS Conference in the Austrian capital called for religions "to work unceasingly to end the stigmatisation and discrimination" suffered by those with the disease. The document, which had been agreed at a forum in Amsterdam in March, was signed by representa...

Comprehensive Adult Male Circumcision Services Initiated in South Africa

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image Bertran Auvert (INSERM) and colleagues describe the large-scale roll-out of adult male circumcision (AMC) in Orange Farm, South Africa in research published this week in IPLoS Medicine/I. The researchers studied the ''Bophelo Pele'' (Health First) project. The project, which follows the WHO/UNAIDS guidelines for AMC, aims to offer free, safe adult male circumcision services to all men aged 15 years or older living in the Orange Farm township in South Africa as part of a community...
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