June 20, 2017
South Africa: 'Now I Am Not Scared of Testing for HIV'
THABO MOLELEKWA writes: When Samkelisiwe Chiliza from Durban heard about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, she did not hesitate to join the PrEP study through the Centre for Aids… Read more »
June 15, 2017
South Africa: Our Vaginas Are Our Own Affair!
JAMES THABO MOLELEKWA writes: Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, 33, has harsh words for those who want to own women's vaginas. "Everyone has an opinion about the vagina," she said. Young women… Read more »
South Africa: Improved HIV Services for Schools
THABO MOLELEKWA writes: Access to HIV services has been made easier for school-going children and basic education employees thanks to a new national policy by the Department of… Read more »
June 14, 2017
South Africa: 'I Had Never Had Sex - How Could I Be HIV Positive?'
Saidy Brown was 14 when she discovered that she was HIV positive. Now 22, she tells CYNTHIA MASEKO about the day that changed her life. Read more »
South Africa: TB Rates Are Coming Down, Slowly
ASHLEIGH FURLONG writes: South Africa is making progress in its efforts to eradicate TB but much more needs to be done. This is the message from Dr Nazir Ismail, the head for the… Read more »
South Africa: Raped At 11, Ntokozo Is Finally Able to Tell Her Story, 13 Years Later
ZIZO ZIKALI writes: Ntokozo Zakwe is a young woman from Hillcrest in KwaZulu Natal who was raped when she was only 11 years old. The man who raped her threatened her and said there… Read more »
June 12, 2017
South Africa: HIV Prevention Drug May Soon Be Freely Available
The drug used to help prevent HIV has been included on the World Health Organisation's (WHO) "essential drug list", paving the way for it to be freely available in healthcare… Read more »
June 11, 2017
Africa: WhatsUpHIV Brings You All the Latest News From the 8th SA Aids Conference
On Tuesday, June 13, the 8th SA Aids conference opens in Durban. The theme of the conference is the Long Road to Prevention. AIDS 2017 is a global gathering of HIV experts and… Read more »
July 28, 2016
Africa: The Missing 'Faith Healing' Dialogue At the 2016 Aids Conference
As a first time participant at this year's AIDS conference, one of the things I saw conspicuously missing was the aspect of sessions involving the faith community and how they are… Read more »
Uganda: One Gap Seems to Get Wider
#AIDS2016 has been a marvelous experience for me - being around very passionate fellow activists, advocates, researchers, innovative scientists, donors and decision makers for five… Read more »
July 26, 2016
Africa: #Aids2016 - Where Do We Go From Here?
After an intense week of deliberations, the 21st International AIDS Conference had to come to an end on July 22. Days began as early as 7am and some didn't end until 11pm - with… Read more »
Africa: 'The Ring Has in Me a New Advocate!'
I awoke on the morning 18th July 2016 excited to attend my first International AIDS Conference. While this was the 21st International AIDS Conference, I had no idea what to expect.… Read more »
July 24, 2016
Zambia: Are the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets Achievable?
I'm a Zambian HIV prevention advocate. My country is one of many that are the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. According to UNAIDS, 1.2 million people are currently living with… Read more »
July 22, 2016
Africa: We Have Penises! We Have Vaginas!
In the staid lobby of the Durban International Conference Centre, a woman in a wheelchair is shouting: "I have a penis! I have a vagina! I have sex!" Stella Iwuagwu, 47, from… Read more »
July 21, 2016
Africa: What I Have Been Hearing....
There has been a lot of buzz about this 21st International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2016, which the beautiful city of Durban has been hosting. Many people, whether at the conference… Read more »
July 20, 2016
Africa: Curing Aids - Hope vs. Hype
A journalist friend once said to me - in all earnestness: "What will you people who work in HIV do if a cure is found for HIV tomorrow? All the programs you're working on will have… Read more »
Africa: I Am Still Not Getting the Treatment I Need
I am an HIV positive South African woman. Eight years ago I attended the first international Aids conference in Mexico. This is my second international Aids conference, here in… Read more »
July 19, 2016
Kenya: Those of Us Living With HIV Are Also 'Normal'
I was tested for HIV in 2004 after being ill for roughly six months. At first, I took over-the-counter pills and was finally referred to a private doctor by a friend who is a… Read more »
July 15, 2016
South Africa: A Pill a Day Keeps HIV At Bay
Grace Bura (not her real name) came to South Africa three months ago from her home town of Dar es Salaam to set up a new business: sex work. She is based in one of Durban's biggest… Read more »
South Africa: The Voices That Must Be Heard
The voices that must be heard this week are those most affected by HIV: adolescent girls, young women and others at high risk of contracting HIV. Read more »
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