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South African officials rebrand free condom drive as HIV infections rise

South Africa is seeking to rebrand its free condoms to appeal to young people after a new study showed rising HIV infections and flagging contraception use, the health department said on Thursday. Condoms distributed by the government will come in a wider range of colours and flavours, as authorities seek…

HIV infections on the rise in Europe and Central Asia

HIV infections in Europe and Central Asia increased by eight percent in 2012 compared to a year earlier, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control announced Wednesday. The rise of 131,000 new cases was driven by a nine-percent increase in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region which accounted…

New HIV infections plummet since 2001

New HIV infections have plummeted by a third overall since 2001 and more than halved among children, the United Nations said on Monday. Globally, 2.3 million people contracted the AIDS virus last year — down 33 percent from 2001, while 260,000 children became infected — over a third fewer than…

Malawi gets 1,000 new HIV infections a week: official

AIDS-ravaged Malawi, where over a tenth of the population is HIV positive, records on average 1,000 new cases weekly, a top government official said Saturday. “It?s a great concern to us that despite efforts by government to prevent HIV and AIDS, the country continues to register about 1,000 new cases…

HIV trial scrapped after gel found ineffective

In a major setback for AIDS prevention research, a clinical trial of a new vaginal gel supposed to reduce HIV infections has been suspended after studies showed it to be ineffective. Researchers from the Microbicide Trials Network, set up by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), expressed surprise at…

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