Self-test kits found to raise men’s HIV testing rates

By Sarah Ooko [NAIROBI] Providing HIV self-test kits to women seeking care in healthcare facilities could promote HIV testing among couples and male partners, a study says. According to researchers from Kenya and the United States, men in Sub-Saharan Africa tend to have lower rates of HIV testing than women. Thus, the researchers determined whether …

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African people live longer but lifestyle diseases on rise

Charles Wiysonge, Stellenbosch University Malaria, HIV, pneumonia, and diarrhoea are the leading killers on the African continent, according to a recently released study looking at the burden of diseases across the world. In 1980 the list looked different. Then the leading killer diseases were also diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria, but tuberculosis and measles were up …

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African HIV trials could create world’s first vaccine

By Bibi-Aisha Wadvalla [DURBAN] South Africa is on track to produce the world’s first licensed HIV/AIDS vaccine, a conference has heard. During the t the 21st International AIDS Conference in South Africa last month (18-22 July ), Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, said that they are undertaking a large-scale trial …

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Africa News Headlines for 17 July 2018

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe during the past 24 hours. Liberia, Ethiopia: Africa’s Oldest Republic and Oldest Country Sign Cooperation Agreement. Source: Global News Network South African super-telescope reveals distant galaxies and black holes Source: The Guardian It’s always a good time for Irish businesses to sell in South Africa …

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Abstinence programs unlikely to cut HIV rate

By Tania Rabesandratana Abstinence promotion efforts funded as part of HIV prevention programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed to reduce risky sexual behaviours, a study has found. Some US-funded programmes, including the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), promote abstinence from sex and faithfulness to one sexual partner as a way to prevent …

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