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Ivana Beesham

Experts Flummoxed By Conflicting New Data on STIs, HIV, and Long-Term Contraception in Sub-Saharan Africa

ECHO trial results and follow-up studies find unexpectedly low rates of some STIs among users of certain long-term hormonal contraceptives. They also find high HIV rates (unrelated to the contraceptives) that suggest considerable value for PrEP integration.

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Zambia: Barriers to Youths Accessing HIV Medication

This article was reported by allAfrica.

allAfrica reported that a recent interactive workshop showed that stigma prevents HIV-infected teens in Zambia from taking antiretroviral medications because the separate dispensing locations reveal to others ...

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VOA Examines HIV Drug Shortages in Zambia, Uganda

In two separate articles, VOA News reports on drug shortages in Zambia and Uganda. "The Zambian government is putting in place stringent measures aimed at ensuring a sufficient supply of antiretroviral drugs \ARVs] ..., the second time this year tha...

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Zambia Faces "Critical Shortage" of ARVs

"A critical shortage of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) has hit most health facilities around" Zambia, the Lusaka Times reports. "Ministry of Health spokesperson Reuben Kamoto Mbewe confirmed that some clinics had run low on Truvada and neviripine while ...

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Zambia, Zimbabwe Address TB/HIV Co-Infection

The Center for Global Health Policy's "Science Speaks" blog outlines efforts to fight TB/HIV co-infection in Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Zambia, a partnership among the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia with funding from PEPFAR and Zambia'...

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Zambia's HIV Treatment Program; Companies Collaborate for HIV Education in Africa

IRIN/Plus News examines "Zambia's formula for success" at increasing the population's access to antiretrovirals (ARVs). "Crispin Moyo of the ministry of health said about 78 percent of Zambians eligible for [ARVs] were receiving them by mid-2010 --...

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Zambia: Housing for People Living With HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic

HIV prevalence in Zambia is 14.3%. Vulnerable populations include female sex workers, MSM, prisoners, and STI and TB patients, though HIV prevalence among vulnerable groups has not been systematically monitored. However, HIV ...

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Zambia: Gay Intolerance Threatens to Undermine HIV/AIDS Services

New York, N.Y. -- Recent homophobic statements by religious leaders and government authorities risk undermining Zambia's fight against HIV/AIDS, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Zambian leaders on May 17, 2010.

Human Rights Watch called on gov...

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Multiple Sex Partners and Perceived Risk of HIV Infection in Zambia: Attitudinal Determinants and Gender Differences

The authors introduced their study by noting, "While there is much attention on perceived risk of HIV and subsequent cautionary behavior, evidence of the reciprocity of the relationship between recent risky sexual behavior and perceived risks of HIV ...