News on HIV in South Africa and Bahrain

Posted by Agatha / on 12/03/2009 / 0 Comments

Wall Street Journal
Zuma, Reversing Course, Expands HIV Treatment
The South African president pledged to expand treatment to all HIV-positive babies and other at-risk individuals, the latest step in his effort to reverse Mbeki's disastrous HIV/AIDS policies. A team of Harvard researchers estimated last year that more than 330,000 South Africans died from 2000-2005 because they couldn't get access to antiretroviral drugs in time. Mr. Mbeki has declined to comment on the report. [2 Dec]

Inter Press Service (Bahrain)
Men Bring HIV Home
Bahrain's maternity hospitals will not admit HIV/AIDS patients. Women are bothered by the prospect of being forced to deliver their babies in a country other than their own. A woman discovered her HIV status only after she underwent an HIV/AIDS test, which is a compulsory procedure for the government to acknowledge a marriage. The Bahrain government, through the National Programme of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases, is planning to draft a law to protect the rights of HIV/ AIDS patients, including women, and eliminate discrimination. [2 Dec]


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