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Ethiopia launches free AIDS drug treatment programme

The government of Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in Africa, has announced a new strategic plan to combat AIDS and HIV in the country. In 2003 alone, 114,690 people died of AIDS-related illnesses, and around 1.4 million people were estimated to be living HIV.


Sex education in UK schools ‘poor’

Good sex education in UK schools is at best fragmented and at worst non-existent, according to a new study carried out by the UK schools inspection body, Ofsted.


US Changes PEP guidelines

The United States has issued new guidelines on the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) of HIV which recommends that people exposed through unprotected sex, rape, accidents or occasional drug use be allowed to take an antiretroviral drug cocktail to prevent the virus taking hold in their body.


Report urges HIV checks for foreign doctors

A report commissioned by Migrationwatch UK has accused the government of failing to protect public health by not screening migrant doctors and healthcare workers for HIV and hepatitis.


Government proposes $100 billion plan to fight AIDS

With the number of people infected with HIV and AIDS nearing 40 million worldwide, and 14,000 new infections occurring daily, the need for a vaccine has never been more pressing. Gordon Brown, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, confirmed this yesterday by proposing a radical $100bn plan to boost vaccine research.


Discrimination against HIV+ people still rife in UK

A new report launched today by the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS has shown that the stigma attached to HIV is as bad, if not worse than ever in the UK.

The survey, commissioned by the National AIDS Trust and conducted by Sigma Research, sought the views and personal experiences of 150 people with HIV, and found that at least a quarter had suffered some form of discrimination since their diagnosis. Particularly affected were Gay men and African people living in the UK, who often experienced homophobia and racism at the same time.


Nelson Mandela's son dies of AIDS

The former South-African president, Nelson Mandela, has announced that his only surviving son, Makgatho, has died of AIDS, aged just 54.

Concerns over Makgatho’s health were first expressed in early December when he was admitted to hospital with an unknown medical complaint. However, very few people guessed the true cause of his illness.


MPs campaign for farmer's subsidies to be diverted to combat AIDS

A group of MPs is campaigning for billions of pounds paid in European Union subsidies to farmers to be diverted to combatting HIV & AIDS in the Third World.

On Christmas Eve the Daily Telegraph published a letter signed by 22 former ministers from both Labour and the Conservative Party and claiming the support of 117 MPs from all parties. The authors say that the AIDS crisis is "one of the most urgent moral challenges facing the world today" and that "money could be most easily and fairly found by cutting the taxpayers' subsidies to Europe's richest farmers."