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The articles below are the most recent additions to the AIDS category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more AIDS articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

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1. Largest HIV self-testing project launches in Africa
Author: Wallace Mawire Date Written: 2 December 2015
Primary Category: Health and AIDS Document Origin: Key Correspondents
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://www.keycorrespondents.org
Key Words: HIV, AIDS, Zimbabwe, testing

Summary & Comment: Self testing for HIV is helpful for people who cannot access testing service at hospitals, but there is need for them to get counseling. Its worthy to consider who will provide such a service in remote settings. MM
2. Longer, analytical article. The stigma of HIV still kills
Author: Mia Malan Date Written: 27 November 2015
Primary Category: Health and AIDS Document Origin: Mail & Guardian
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://mg.co.za
Key Words: Medicine, HIV, South Africans

Summary & Comment: HIV stigma is still prevalent in South Africa, people are scared to reveal their status in fear of loosing their jobs or being shunned by peers, little do they know by sharing their status they will go a long way is saving other people’s lives. MM
3. Africa’s meningitis A vaccine: how partnership replaced ‘Big Pharma’
Author: Elizabeth Blunt Date Written: 17 November 2015
Primary Category: Health and AIDS Document Origin: IRIN
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL:
Key Words: Meningitis, vaccine, Africa, WHO

Summary & Comment: When big pharma work together with not-for-profit health organisations so that their drugs be developed for poor countries by third parties, it ensures that the vaccines are affordable and it saves lives. Cases of meningitis have gone done in Africa through such partnership. MM
4. Stalled policy will cost lives: Patient groups appeal to Minister Davies
Author: Correspondent Date Written: 29 October 2015
Primary Category: Health and AIDS Document Origin: Fix the Patent Laws
Secondary Category: Southern Region Source URL: http://www.fixthepatentlaws.org/?p=1039
Key Words: Policy, Europe, cancer, Patents

Summary & Comment: If the South African Government introduces long awaited patent law reform patients can easily get affordable drugs from generics, but the government is not saying when this will happen. MM
5. HIV Medicine Aluvia Stock-Out Dogs South Africa, Raising Patent Concerns
Author: Munyaradzi Makoni Date Written: 28 October 2015
Primary Category: Health and AIDS Document Origin: IP-Watch
Secondary Category: Southern Region Source URL: http://www.ip-watch.org
Key Words: Aluvia, AbbVie, South Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières

Summary & Comment: Shortage of HIV medicine, aluvia, is a cause for concern among patients and activists in South Africa, the pharmaceutical company is failing to meet demand, though, the producer has made plans to solve the problem,but allowing more players to produce the medicine sounds good in the interests of public health. AbbVie’s view is to remain the sole pro . . . [expand]
6. Report shows rising antibiotic resistance
Author: Munyaradzi Makoni Date Written: 1 October 2015
Primary Category: Health and AIDS Document Origin: SciDev.Net
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://www.scidev.net
Key Words: Antibiotic,South Africa, infections, drugs

Summary & Comment: Using antibiotics when you don't need them has lead the drugs failing to when they are genuinely in the future. Antibiotics resistance is becoming a killer of humans yet they should preserve life. MM
7. The consequences of female genital mutilation: a Kenyan perspective
Author: Lucy Maroncha Date Written: 22 September 2015
Primary Category: Health and AIDS Document Origin: Key Correspondents
Secondary Category: Gender Source URL: http://www.keycorrespondents.org
Key Words: Female, Kenya, girls, activists

Summary & Comment: Female genital mutilation is a practice linked to increased risks of HIV, sexual and reproductive health problems, but it is sad that it is carried out and celebrated by women. MM

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