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Swaziland: Thabile Xaba, 'I Can Take the ARVs Now if I Like But I Must Consult the Ancestors'

Most Swazis go to traditional healers if they feel ill, but in a country with the world's highest HIV prevalence rate healers are struggling to cope. Thabile Xaba, 37, a healer who has been diagnosed HIV-positive at a clinic, told IRIN about her experiences.

Published
02 March 2011
From
IRIN Plus News
Church leader reverses stance on HIV, reaches out to those affected

HIV is a curse from God. That's what Patricia Sawo used to tell others as a church leader in Kitale, Kenya. "I thought it was a moral issue and a punishment for the disobedient," Sawo remembers.

Published
25 February 2011
From
CNN `Belief` blog
South Africa: TV station ordered to pull 'miracle' ads

A charismatic church cannot prove that its pastors can perform healing miracles, the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (Asasa) has ruled – and the church has to withdraw all such advertisements from e.tv.

Published
07 February 2011
From
The Sunday Independent
Vatican hosts AIDS prevention, care conference

 The Vatican is hosting an international conference in May on the prevention of AIDS and care of patients amid continued confusion about the church's position on condoms as a way of preventing HIV. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for

Published
03 February 2011
From
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Uganda: HIV Activists Want Errant Religious Leaders Convicted

ACTIVISTS have demanded that the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill, 2010 provide for legal action against religious leaders and traditional healers who extort money from the public in the guise of curing AIDS.

Published
03 February 2011
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AllAfrica
Kenya: Preventing 'Project Prevention'

After years of working in the United States, where they pay female drug users $300 to agree to be sterilized, Project Prevention has begun branching out to other parts of the world. Following a luke-warm reception in Britain, the organisation has now turned its attention to Kenya where it plans to start paying women living with HIV/Aids to accept long-term contraception.

Published
02 February 2011
From
Africa is a Country
Filipino bishops will fight HIV, but won’t endorse condoms

"Our support is selective, which means to say we’ll help in raising awareness to the people, and address stigma and discrimination," Archbishop Lagdameo said.

Published
28 January 2011
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Malaya
Uganda: Anti-gay attacks will lead to rise in HIV cases, warns Christian Aid

The increasingly targeted attacks on gay people in a number of African countries, which are thought to have led to the murder this week of outspoken Ugandan gay activist, David Kato, will contribute to an increase in HIV infections, says Christian Aid.

Published
28 January 2011
From
Christian Aid
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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