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Nov30

Unexpected Christmas Gifts

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Jul27

Circumcision could help to halt HIV pandemic in Africa

BBC News: New research suggests circumcision could be effective in preventing the spread of HIV among men.

HIV attacking T-cellsThe study of more than 3,000 men in South Africa was done by the French agency for Aids and Viral Hepatitis. The data, outlined at a conference in Brazil, shows male circumcision prevented about seven of 10 infections. UN health agencies have cautioned that more trials are necessary before they will recommend this as a method to protect against Aids. Previous studies have suggested that men who are circumcised have a lower rate of HIV infection. (more…)

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Jul12

AIDS War. Time running out for South Africa

Big jump in South African HIV cases

AIDS Awareness RibbonSouth Africa’s health department has released figures suggesting that HIV infection rates in the country may be greater than previously thought. South Africa could have the world’s largest number of people living with HIV.

HIV infection in South Africa:
• Population – 40m
• Health Dept – 6m+ with HIV
• Statistics agency – 4.5m with HIV

SA military fights ‘war’ on Aids

South African military officials say they are fighting a “human war” against the “formidable enemy” of HIV/Aids. Some 23% of South Africa’s troops are infected with HIV – a similar rate to the adult population at large.

Aids ‘kills one in three’ in SA

Almost one in three deaths in South Africa are caused by Aids making it the leading killer, according to research. In two provinces, the figure is as high as 40%, says an unreleased report by South Africa’s Medical Research Council. HIV/Aids is the leading cause of death and premature mortality for all provinces,” the document states. In KwaZulu-Natal province, 41.5 % of deaths are attributable to Aids, followed by Mpumalanga with 40.7 percent, the report says. In Gauteng, South Africa’s economic heartland, Aids accounts for 32.5% of deaths, according to the report.

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