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New strain of HIV discovered

Keeping Global Health Community a Step Ahead of the virus | THE INDEPENDENT | Abbott announced today that a team of its scientists identified a new subtype of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), called HIV-1 Group M, subtype L.1. The findings, published Nov.06 in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency …

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UNAIDS: 52% of young Ugandans don’t know about HIV

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Only 48 per cent of young people have comprehensive knowledge about how HIV is spread and how they can guard against it, according to data shared by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Uganda, this afternoon. For one to have comprehensive knowledge …

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Growing number of Ugandan men opting out of circumcision

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There has been a drop in the number of men opting for safe male circumcision- SMC over the past three years. Information from Uganda AIDS Commission shows that 703,997 men were circumcised in the last 2018/2019 financial year compared to 747,244 in 2017/2018. In …

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Why UN appointed new HIV/AIDS chief

UN appoints new HIV/AIDS chief after controversy United Nations, United States | AFP |  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new HIV/AIDS chief on Wednesday after the previous incumbent left accused of serious mismanagement. Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima of Uganda will lead UNAIDS, a spokesperson for …

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Winnie Byanyima takes top UNAIDS job

New York, United States | THE INDEPENDENT | The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has named Winifred ‘Winnie’ Karagwa Byanyima as the next Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The Ugandan leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building has been Executive Director of Oxfam International …

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High cost of HIV misdiagnosis

Retesting people to confirm HIV positive results might appear costly but is cheaper than treating people wrongly diagnosed THE INDEPENDENT | Julian E. Sabiiti | It is well-known that an HIV-positive diagnosis can have detrimental results on people affected. A person diagnosed as HIV positive can undergo depression, withdraw from the public …

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