Archive for the ‘Money and AIDS’ Category

It’s not HIV that kills, but hospital administration (01/12/08)

To mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, and the 1st anniversary of The Wisdom of Whores, I offer a post stolen wholesale from Michael Buehler. ‘It is actually not HIV that kills us but the hospital administration’, says an Indonesian woman with HIV. Oh, and corruption in the Ministry of Health, complacent self-satisfaction […]

Fake ARVs: two steps back? (17/11/08)

So Asia is awash with fake pills. No news there. Cops are seizing a fair few of them — 16 million in the last few months, worth US$ 6.6 million, according to Interpol. That’s a step forward. But that some of them seem to be antiretroviral drugs for HIV threatens two steps back. The first […]

Cash vs HIV stigma: the wallet wins (13/10/08)

Malawian civil servants who are not infected with HIV are claiming to be positive to increase their salaries, thus demonstrating that the monster of stigma can be slain with cash. Malawi is suspending its payments to HIV-infected civil servants because so many uninfected people are trying to cash in, according to AFP (via Cryton Chikoko). […]

Halleluliah! (not). Faith healing could spread HIV (02/10/08)

Christian fundamentalism and HIV seem both to be on the upswing in Uganda. I’ve remarked before that enthusiastic support for abstinence-only programmes has undermined previously successful HIV prevention efforts in the country. But now it seems over-zealous preachers are threatening the success of treatment efforts, too. Robert Ochai, director of the trailblazing AIDS support organisation […]

Common sense HIV testing in the UK – almost (20/09/08)

The British HIV Association has issued new guildlines for HIV testing . (pdf) They are very nearly extremely sensible. But… One in five of the people newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK last year were diagnosed with AIDS at the same time. That means they’d probably been walking around with HIV infection for eight […]

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