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TB, is the world’s top infectious disease killer, claiming 5 000 lives each day. The heaviest burden is carried by communities already facing socio-economic challenges such as  migrants, refugees, prisoners, ethnic minorities, miners and others working and living in risk-prone settings, and marginalized women, children and older people (WHO: 2017).

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Sex, Sugar Daddies and HIV in South Africa

KHAYELITSHA, 16 June 2016 (usnews) - It's the middle of sex education class in Zola Business High School and 90 teenage boys and girls are laughing and talking through a presentation about birth control, condoms and HIV.

SAfAIDS Statement on the Day of the African Child – Ending Child Marriage is a Priority

SAfAIDS today joins African Union (AU) Member States in commemorating the Day of the African Child. The commemoration is held to honour the 1976 Soweto uprising, which resulted in South African school children losing their lives to police gunfire during a protest against the apartheid-imposed Afrikaans Medium [education] Decree.

SAfAIDS Commitment to Blood Donations Gets Recognition

SAfAIDS Media Desk, 15 June 2016 (Tariro Makanga-Chikumbirike) -SAfAIDS last night was amongst corporates and blood donors who received recognition from the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) for its commitment and support to ensuring adequate blood stocks in Zimbabwe. The awards were part of the World Blood Donor Day commemorations, which fall each year on 14 June.

HIV-positive adolescents need to be rapidly linked to specialist care to have best chances of sustaining engagement with HIV services

PUERTO RICO, 14 June 2016 (aidsmap) -  Adolescents newly diagnosed with HIV need to be rapidly incorporated into HIV care networks to have the best chances of remaining in care in the long term, research from the United States published in the June 1st edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows.

The Doctor Who First Saw AIDS Believes in a 'Possible Cure'

LOS ANGELES, 14 June 2016 (nbcnews) - Thirty-five years ago this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on five cases of a mysterious lung infection in previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles. No one could imagine the devastating loss of human life that would follow that first article.

HIV self-testing has several advantages, but some barriers to HIV testing likely to remain

CAPE TOWN, 7 June 2016 (aidsmap) - A service offering kits for HIV self-testing in South Africa has the potential to improve uptake of HIV testing by individuals who fear breaches of confidentiality or who do not trust healthcare workers, according to a qualitative study published in PLoS ONE. But other, long-standing barriers to accessing HIV testing are likely to remain pertinent – individuals who do not feel ‘ready’ to know their status, who worry about HIV-related stigma or who fear dying of AIDS will probably still be reluctant to test.

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