SOUTH AFRICA: New ARV tender drops prices, changes treatment

JOHANNESBURG, 30 November 2012 (PLUSNEWS) – The South African government has negotiated savings of about US$250 million in its latest antiretroviral (ARV) tender, which is the first to include a three-in-one tablet. This triple fixed-dose combination ARV will now allow the country to move to new, simpler HIV treatment and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) guidelines in April 2013.

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UGANDA: Profiles of infidelity, HIV vulnerability

KAMPALA, 30 November 2012 (PLUSNEWS) – Married or cohabiting couples are at a higher risk of HIV infection in Uganda than their single counterparts, with some studies finding that as many as 65 percent of new infections occur in long-term relationships. The prevailing culture, a hybrid of traditional mores and more modern, western values, accepts – even expects – men, and increasingly women, to have a “side dish” – a euphemism for a sexual affair.

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HIV/AIDS: New blueprint charts PEPFAR’s future

JOHANNESBURG, 30 November 2012 (PLUSNEWS) – In its newly released “blueprint,” the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) charts the next phase of the country’s response to the HIV epidemic. In it, the largest funder of HIV efforts globally will focus on HIV prevention, new technologies, women and girls, and the most at-risk populations (MARPs).

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