Stories: Hivaids

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • As AIDS Money Shrinks, Who Loses?

    As the global public health community gathered in the South African city of Durban this week to talk about the end of AIDS, they were greeted with news that annual international support for combatting the epidemic had fallen by more than US$1 billion. The news added weight to existing calls for middle-income countries to take more responsibility for funding their...

  • 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...

  • Researchers Calculated the Economic Cost of Homophobia — and the Numbers Are Staggering

    Homophobia exacts a devastating emotional toll. But according to Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS researcher Erik Lamontagne, discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual communities carries a substantial economic cost, too.  A combination of factors, including discriminatory hiring practices, unequal pay and shorter life expectancies, mean LGB people may not be earning as...

  • HIV in Mozambique: Starting, and Staying on, Treatment

    Mozambique is fighting to gain control of its HIV epidemic, leading with a plan to strategically enrol substantial numbers of people with HIV in treatment programmes in an effort to end transmission of the virus. The number of people who have started antiretroviral therapy (ART) has already jumped from 308,000 in 2012 to more than 676,000 by March of last year. Officials expect...

  • HIV/AIDS Patients in Lesotho Turn to Traditional Medicine

      A photo posted by Virginia Quarterly Review (@vqreview) on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:47pm PST Maseits’iro Seits’iro sits down at a table in her small office and lights four tall candles so she can receive prophecies from the ancestors. A seashell beside the candles helps her see evil spirits, the “heathens.” As a child, she...

  • Mozambique Struggles to Contain HIV Epidemic Among Young Women

    At their first meeting, the group of 30 young women just eyed Nousa Winica warily. When she asked a question, they hurriedly dropped their gaze. It would be, she quickly realized, a struggle to earn their trust. Winica spent the first few of their weekly gatherings sticking to light subjects – what chores they did, their favorite classes, even the weather ...

  • PEPFAR Strategy Shift Aims to Get Ahead of Mozambique’s Epidemic

    Mozambique is at the outset of recalibrating its HIV response, following a global shift in approach by one of the primary donors to the country’s AIDS response — the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Across the 40 countries and regions it supports, PEPFAR’s new strategy calls for a massive scale up...

  • Teens Circumcised To Reduce HIV Risk In Mozambique Shift Gender Norms Surrounding Sex

    A group of boys and teens queued up outside a registration tent at a male circumcision clinic last week, looking almost as if they were waiting in line at a baseball game concession stand. They played cards and traded breezy jokes, waiting to go in for their voluntary procedures. Helio Raimundo Ubisse, 15, stood off to the side of the traveling...