"Staying in a border town is a horrible experience for children who have lost both parents and are living in poverty. "There are too many nightclubs and bars and as such girls as young as 14 years are forced to engage in different activities that include prostitution and drug abuse.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:03

SOUTH AFRICA: Disclosing HIV to a Child

 

Disclosing to a child his or her HIV status is an emotionally taxing process that a lot of care givers or parents tend to avoid or postpone. A courageous Soweto foster parent took a bold decision and disclosed to the foster child that the child has HIV.

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The First Ladies observed that if the youth shun pre-marital sex and married partners are faithful to each other, Africa will get a generation of children free of AIDS.

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There has been low uptake of paediatric anti-retroviral drugs across the country owing to failure by parents and guardians to take children for HIV testing and inability to decide on their part, a health official has said.

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Kokobe Abate is a widow struggling to raise her daughter Almaz in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The death of her husband hit the family hard, but he had given up on life long before he died.

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The rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission has fallen to 3.5 percent according to a national survey by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) and researchers say the virtual elimination of vertical HIV transmission may now be possible by 2015.

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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 07:41

HIV/AIDS: Thirty years of HIV

 

It is three decades since the first HIV case was reported and in that time, an estimated 30 million people have died, another 34 million are living with the virus and an estimated 7,000 new infections occur every day. But it is not all bad news - according to a new report by UNAIDS, a record 1.4 million people started antiretroviral drugs in 2010, and the global rate of new HIV infections declined by nearly 25 percent between 2001 and 2009.

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While still in his teens, Felix Limbani decided to help establish what he called "a platform where young people's voices could be heard" in his native Malawi, where those aged 10-29 make up roughly 60 percent of the population.

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The Africa Common Position on Universal Access to HIV-AIDS prevention, treatment, care and services which serves as a unified voice for the continent is important given that Africa is the continent with the highest burden of the disease, said the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Gawanas, at a press conference on Thursday.

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When police in Kenya's coastal tourist city of Mombasa conduct night raids, it is not unusual for a large number of sex workers arrested to be under 18.

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