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HIV/AIDS Children In Uganda Not Covered With Antiretroviral Treatment Program

Children living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda have not been adequately covered by the country's antiretroviral treatment program, and increased efforts should be made to provide them with improved care and treatment, State Minister of Health Emmanuel Otaala said recently, Uganda's Daily Monitor reports. According to Otaala, the commitment exhibited in launching the country's ABC prevention method -- which stands for abstinence, be faithful and use condoms -- also should be used to improve the situation of children living with the disease.


Fight Against HIV/AIDS Should Focus On Prevention, Testing

The fight against HIV/AIDS is "far from over," and the "only way to reverse the spread of" the virus is to "focus on prevention," Richard Holbrooke, president of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. It is "heartening" that more than two million people living with HIV have access to antiretroviral drugs, Holbrooke writes, adding that "real progress must be measured by the only criterion that ultimately matters: Is the number of people who are HIV-positive declining? The answer is a resounding no."


NASTAD Releases Primer On Implementing HIV Testing In EDs

"HIV Testing in Emergency Departments: A Primer on Issues and Strategies for Health Departments," National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors: The primer examines health departments' roles in implementing HIV testing in EDs, reviews considerations for implementation, and addresses issues and concerns associated with implementation. In addition, the primer highlights collaborations between health departments and EDs that participants in a NASTAD consultation on ED testing in January.


Malawi Pilot Project Will Provide Individual Household HIV/AIDS Testing

Malawi's National AIDS Commission in November or December is planning to launch a pilot project in Zomba, Malawi, that will provide HIV/AIDS testing to individual households, Bizwick Mwale, executive director of NAC, said on Friday, Malawi's Nation reports. According to Mwale, the initiative aims to resolve the inadequate access to HIV testing centers in most rural communities.


King County Board Of Health To Reduce New HIV Infections

King County Board of Health endorsed a strategy to reduce new HIV infections in King County by 25% by 2015. There are approximately 370 new HIV infections in King County each year, and the Board resolved to support a strategy that places the greatest emphasis on people at highest risk for HIV infection. The goal is to reduce new infections to 280 cases per year within eight years.