Family structure and family support are protective factors against transactional sex among adolescents and young adults.
Ugandan diplomat and humanitarian, Winnie Byanyima has been appointed as the new Executive Director of UNAIDS by the United Nations Secretary-General. She brings to the role more than 30 years of experience in political leadership and is set to advance a people-centered development agenda
Launched in July this year, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation’s Amajita Tutu Truck gave 50 men in Philippi free HIV tests on International Men’s Day on 19 November – and complimentary haircuts, thanks to a collaboration with Legends Barbershop.
According to the University of Nebraska Medical Center a team of researchers, among them Kenyan assistant professor, Benson Edagwa, Ph.D have changed the chemical structure of an existing HIV drug to help it reach cells and tissues where the virus resides. This could hasten efforts towards an eventual HIV cure as the intervention has been ‘successful in mice’
A second patient has reportedly been cured of HIV, after stem-cell therapy, which could be a major milestone in the global fight against the AIDS epidemic. The report was released in the scientific journal Nature, and offers hope that a cure for HIV could be possible in the future, and not just a pipe dream.
Walter Magaya, a self-proclaimed Zimbabwean prophet and faith healer has claimed that he has discovered a cure for HIV/AIDS, and cancer. The announcement has divided opinion, with critics accusing the Pastor of preying on the vulnerable, while others say his “cure” is simply a hoax, since it has not been independently, and scientifically tested.
Women and children remain the focus of HIV while men are disadvantaged in accessing testing and treatment in Africa.
The Zimbabwean government has announced that it will set up special health centres for homosexual men, in a bid to curb the spread of HIV/Aids among groups that practice same sex. However, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says this is not a change in the country’s stance on sexual minorities.
The new HIV study will evaluate whether HIV-1 preventive vaccine is safe and able to reduce HIV infection incidence in women in Sub Saharan Africa.