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Thursday, 15 July 2010 - 14:44

 

Doctor Arash Alaei and Doctor Kamiar Alaei, two well-known Iranian physicians and HIV/AIDS leaders, were detained in June 2008 by Iranian authorities. The physicians, who are brothers, were held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for over six months without charges or trial. On December 31, 2008, a one-day, closed-door trial was held, in which the brothers were tried as conspirators working with an “enemy government” to overthrow the government of Iran. They were also tried at that time on unspecified other charges which neither they nor their lawyer were allowed to know, see the...

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 - 13:37

Joint statement by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Equal Education (EE) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

                             

Regular reports of widespread xenophobic criminal activity began reaching us on Sunday evening. Since then, we have learnt of at least 15 incidents in Khayelitsha, all of which have been reported to Khayelitsha Police and the Disaster Management Centre.

We are most distressed by Government’s failure to acknowledge the xenophobic nature of recent attacks and by extension address the fear...

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Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 11:10

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society and the Treatment Action Campaign support the implementation of a country-wide voulantary male medical circumcision (VMMC) programme. Male medical circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexual men contracting HIV and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

 

The success of VMMC is dependent on public confidence in the programme's safety. We are therefore deeply concerned that a Malaysian company, Taramedic Corporation, and its South African partner, Carpe Diem Enterprises, are aggressively marketing a...

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Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:57

HIV incidence is the measure of how many new HIV infections there are over a period of time. Measuring changes in HIV incidence is key to evaluating the effectiveness of prevention interventions – including the provision of antiretroviral treatment (ART), which has been shown to reduce transmission – as well as for quantifying the need for future services, which is important for planning and budgeting. One of the targets of South Africa’s HIV National Strategic Plan is to reduce HIV incidence by half from 2007 to 2011

Attached is a review of the Human Sciences Research Council'...

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Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 10:08

The Department of Health has given the go-ahead for patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART) to be given three months supply of medicines instead of one month. The TAC and SECTION27 welcome this decision. It will be more convenient for patients because they will have to make fewer trips to their health facility. It will also reduce patient-load on the health system, particularly on health facility pharmacies given the shortage of pharmacists in the public health system.

Joint TAC/SECTION27 statement

6 July 2010

The Department of Health has given the go-ahead for...

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