Stories: Aids2016

  • South Africa Sets Up Program to Break the Link between HIV/AIDS and Violence

    Miranda was four months pregnant and extremely anxious when she got her first HIV test. She had long been afraid of a positive diagnosis, and shortly after stepping into a tent offering free HIV tests at a taxi stand in central Johannesburg, her fear was confirmed. Miranda—who asked to use a pseudonym to protect her safety and privacy...

  • South Africa’s plan to tackle HIV among sex workers

    Johannesburg, South Africa - In the shadow of an underpass, wearing a black bob wig, Tlaleng paces along her patch of Nugget Street, scanning the downtown Johannesburg traffic. Behind her, other women lead clients behind the crumbling walls of a gutted building in the brisk morning light. But Tlaleng, a boiled egg in one palm, is distracted, her eyes roaming...

  • A New Vaginal Ring to Prevent HIV

    Despite the advances in treatment and biomedical intervention, HIV continues to spread at alarming rates among women in sub- Saharan Africa where who account for nearly 6 out of 10 adults infected. So identifying HIV prevention technology to meet their needs is said to be a critical tool in ending the epidemic. The new vaginal ring made from silicone designed to deliver...

  • Swaziland Turns to Anti-Retrovirals as Safe Sex Message Falls Flat

    Less than a decade ago, people were warning that Swaziland – a country of about 1.3 million – could be wiped off the map, as HIV cut life expectancy to only 45.9 in 2005. “Every weekend was a funeral,” says health activist Bekhie Sithole. “My parents died because of Aids-related illnesses – although it was never really...