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The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian of the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s In Africa (ICASA) with great pleasure, announces to all esteemed stakeholders and cherished delegates that Zimbabwe has been chosen to host ICASA 2015. The SAA Board officially announced the host country at a press conference in Harare on the 25th of June 2015. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa representing the Government of Zimbabwe and Dr. Ihab Ahmed, SAA President.

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Strengthening HIV, TB and human rights advocacy in Zimbabwe

HARARE, 29 July 2015 (ARASA) - During the 2014 Annual Partnership Forum, Zimbabwe was identified as the focus country for the roll-out of the ARASA-supported HIV, TB and Human Rights Capacity Strengthening and Advocacy Country Programme in 2014. SAfAIDS and the Zimbabwe Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) were selected to co-host the Country Programme.

Extend HIV Treatment to All, WHO to Recommend

GENEVA, 28 July 2015 (allAfrica) - Everyone confirmed HIV positive should receive drug treatment immediately after diagnosis, according to upcoming guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO). These would bring the number of people eligible for treatment from about 28 to 37 million worldwide - although only about 15 million people are actually receiving treatment.

Africa: Global Fund Statement On International Investment in Global Health

GENEVA, 27 July 2015 (allAfrica) - The Global Fund partnership recognizes that a vigorous debate about international investment in global health is important, including scrutiny and questioning by the news media. But facts matter.

Botswana: Court of Appeal to Consider Foreign Prisoners' Right to HIV

GABORONE, 23 July 2015 (allAfrica) - On Thursday, 23 July 2015, the Botswana Court of Appeal will hear arguments in an appeal against a 2014 High Court judgment in which the government was ordered the provide HIV-positive foreign prisoners with antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.

Two Massive Medicine Trials Will Change the Way HIV Is Treated

PRETORIA, 22 July 2015 (allAfrica) - Results of two large medicine trials, known as START and TEMPRANO, published this week show that the health of people with HIV will benefit from starting antiretroviral treatment earlier. These findings are a climax of a bit more than four decades of research on this relatively new disease.

Africa: MSF Warns Successful Global HIV Response Will Require Bigger Emphasis On Adherence

PRETORIA, 22 July 2015 (allAfrica) -Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today that not enough is being done to ensure people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) reach and maintain 'undetectable' levels of virus in their blood. Reversing the epidemic and achieving the UNAIDS 90/90/90 goals [1] will require much broader use of strategies to help people stay on track with their treatment, including adherence counselling, alongside routine viral load testing to make sure people's treatment is working.

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