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South Africa Plans Phased AIDS Drug Roll-Out

South Africa's first phase of its effort to nationally distribute antiretroviral drugs to those with HIV will probably begin by the end of this year, a senior health official said Friday. Anthony Mbewu, head of the team set up to produce a detailed p...

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South African Financial Group Advocates Against Insurance Companies Accused of Rejecting Claims for AIDS-Related Deaths

The South African Financial Sector Coalition on Tuesday launched a campaign targeting insurance companies that it says demand repayment of funeral expenses for any person who died from AIDS-related causes, Reuters/New Zealand Herald reports. Sharon ...

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Senator Coleman Shocked That South African Official Told Delegation AIDS Not Affecting Country's Economy

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), who is visiting Africa as part of a six-member congressional delegation led by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), on Friday said South African Minister of Trade and Industry Alec Erwin's comment that HIV/AIDS is...

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South Africa: Purple Ribbons Mark Start of Campaign Promoting HIV Treatment for Rape Victims

A nationwide campaign to make antiretroviral drugs available for every rape survivor in South Africa kicked off Tuesday in Cape Town. Advocates called on supporters to wear a purple ribbon around their left wrist to show their support for making the ...

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Mandela Receives Red Cross Award, Says HIV/AIDS "No Less Than a War"

Former South African President Nelson Mandela on Thursday during a speech in London said that HIV/AIDS is "no less than a war, a world war that affects all of us immediately," BBC News reports. Mandela, who received the British Red Cross Humanity Fel...

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South African Tourist Group to Offer "AIDS Insurance"

South Africa's top tourism group on Friday launched a new "AIDS insurance" policy to provide potentially life-saving drugs to travelers who might become infected while on holiday. Southern Africa Tourism Services Association CEO Gail McCann said the ...

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In South Africa, Death on the Installment Plan

Born of the turmoil in black South African life at the end of the 19th century, once-waning burial societies have been given new life by AIDS. The Masakhane burial society, one of thousands of such groups across South Africa, is equal parts church se...

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South Africa's AIDS Policies Are Failing: Report

The South African government's AIDS policies are failing, and it urgently needs to make drugs freely available, a report released this week by the South African Human Rights Commission said. SAHRC, a body appointed by parliament to monitor human and ...

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South Africa Among 22 Nations Most Ravaged by TB

South Africa is the ninth country out of 22 nations in the world with the heaviest burden of tuberculosis, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said Monday in Johannesburg at the launch of an advocacy and social mobilization campaign to curb TB. ...

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South Africa Appoints Consultant Who Rules Out AIDS/HIV Link

The South African government was embroiled in a fresh disagreement over its AIDS policy yesterday when the health ministry confirmed hiring a controversial scientist who disputes the link between HIV and AIDS. Dr. Roberto Giraldo, a leading AIDS diss...