Children and young people continue to lack accurate and comprehensive knowledge of HIV and how to avoid sexual transmission of HIV. The silence around sexuality in general and children’s sexuality in particular generates misconceptions, myths and misinformation which contribute to children and adolescents risky sexual practices.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:48

RWANDA: Men Urged to Support MTCT Services

 

The Senior Prevention Advisor at United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS), Karusa Kiragu, has urged men to get involved in the elimination of Mother-To-Child-Transmission (MTCT) of HIV/AIDS.

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Monday, 29 August 2011 13:30

ZIMBABWE: Pregnant Women Shun HIV-Testing

 

There is nothing as painful as watching a child withering away with an illness which could have been easily avoided. But pregnant mothers still deny their children the right to live a healthy life by refusing to get tested for HIV and Aids early.

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"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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