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Getting To Zero
3 Jul 2015 - 14:51

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian of the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s In Africa (ICASA) with great pleasure, announces to all esteemed stakeholders and cherished delegates that Zimbabwe has been chosen to host ICASA 2015. The SAA Board officially announced the host country at a press conference in Harare on the 25th of June 2015. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa representing the Government of Zimbabwe and Dr. Ihab Ahmed, SAA President.

2 Jul 2015 - 15:04

Justin Worland

Only two babies were born with HIV in the country 2013

Cuba is the first country to eliminate the transfer of HIV and Syphilis from mother to child, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday. Only two babies were born with HIV in the country 2013, a low enough number to meet the WHO standard. “This is a celebration for Cuba and a celebration for children and families everywhere,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, in a statement. The achievement is at least in part the result of a five-year program by WHO and the Pan American Health Organization to eliminate prenatal transmission of HIV in the region. The program has included testing for pregnant women and treatment for women who test positive. Effective treatment of HIV in pregnant women can reduce the risk of passing the disease to a child to just 1%, down from as high as 45% otherwise.

30 Jun 2015 - 10:42

A RECENT survey by the National Aids Council (NAC) has revealed that mining and farming communities have remained as hotspots for new HIV and Aids infections with people in the 30-49 age group being the most affected.


The NAC hotspot analysis and mapping report was jointly funded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, NAC, UNAids and World Food Programme. “In 2006 and 2012, mining areas had the highest positivity rate. In general, positivity rates for farming areas, growth points and mining areas are high. It can be concluded that areas that are densely populated have high spread of HIV infections,” part of the NAC report read. “In 2012, the mining areas had a significantly high rate compared to other livelihood sectors, with a positivity rate of 24% up from 14% in 2009. This sharp increase in HIV-positivity among pregnant women in mining areas needs to be investigated further.”

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