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Condoms prove most effective way to cut HIV rates in Uganda

Condoms are the key to the falling rates of HIV in Uganda, according to a study carried out by a group of US and Ugandan AIDS researchers.

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GSK acts to stop AIDS drug smuggling

One of the world's largest manufacturers of antiretroviral drugs, GlaxoSmithKline, is to introduce a new initiative to help stop the illegal trade in AIDS drugs.

The company is planning to change the packaging and the colour of all antiretrovirals sent to developing countries in an effort to stop them being smuggled back into Europe for resale at higher prices. It is believed that pharmaceutical companies lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year as a result of drugs being diverted in this way.

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UK HIV diagnosis rates remain high

The number of new HIV diagnoses made in the UK in 2004 now stands at 5016, and is expected to rise to around 7000 by the time all late reports are in, according to new figures from the HPA. This compares to figures of 5047 for the same period in 2003. Although the new statistics demonstrate a slight drop in diagnoses made, they do not represent the number of people actually infected during this period, just those who took a test.

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New generic drugs factory opens in Gabon

A brand new factory that will manufacture drugs to treat HIV, malaria and TB was opened in Libreville, the capital of Gabon on Saturday.

The factory, which will provide access to treatment for 30 million people currently living in Gabon and five other central African nations, was set up with the help of Brazilian technology and expertise. Brazil began providing free treatment to all HIV+ people in the country several years ago, after the government helped to set up a major generic ARV drugs industry there.

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Increase in HIV+ blood donors

The number of blood donors with HIV is at its highest level in 16 years according to papers obtained from the UK's National Blood Service. The rise is believed to be closely linked to the increase in HIV levels among the population in general. In 2003, 42 people who gave blood were found to be carrying the virus, a two-fold increase on 1997 – 2002 figures.

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