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Catching more than fish: Ugandan town crippled by AIDS

When you risk your life fishing on dangerous seas, a drink in the bars back on shore seem a welcome relief, but in Uganda, it has created a culture with staggering rates of HIV. Exhausted from a night of hard fishing on the vast inland sea of Uganda's Lake Victoria, fishermen come off the boats as the first rays of light glimmer at dawn. Once the fish is sold and the nets untangled, some go home to their families, but most head straight for the bars of the town and the sex workers who hang out there, despite HIV rates soaring to at least six times the national average.

Brazil star kicks off HIV prevention drive ahead of World Cup

The UN's AIDS body said Wednesday it had appointed Brazilian football star David Luiz to help rally fans to join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV ahead of the World Cup. UNAIDS said it had named the Brazilian vice captain as its "International Goodwill Ambassador" in a bid to "mobilise football fans around the world, particularly young people," to join its efforts to stymie the spread of HIV and root out discrimination of people living with the virus that leads to AIDS.

Cuba has roughly 16,500 AIDS patients, gov't says

Havana, Apr 14 (EFE).- The number of people in Cuba with HIV/AIDS currently stands at 16,479, according to figures published Monday in the official weekly Trabajadores. Last year, some 2.5 million tests to detect the HIV virus were performed on the island, Public Health Ministry official Maria Isela Lantero told the publication. A total of 2,156 new cases were detected, of whom 81.5 percent were men, and of those about 15 percent had a previous history of sexually transmitted disease.

Pope urges 'sexual responsibility' against AIDS

Pope Francis called on Monday for fidelity and chastity to be used to fight the AIDS virus in Africa, in an address to visiting Tanzanian bishops that -- in line with Catholic doctrine -- did not mention the use of condoms. Francis thanked medical personnel working for the Catholic Church who "care for those suffering from HIV/AIDS" and praised "all who strive diligently to educate people in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity," the Vatican said in a statement.

Condoms rebranded in South Africa 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 to mend the damage done to their image when thousands of faulty condoms were recalled in January 2012.

South African HIV prevalence rises on soaring new infections

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South Africa is rising due to the world's fastest growth in new infections and a higher patient survival rate, according to a new health study. An estimated 12.2 percent of South Africa's population was infected with the HIV virus in 2012, compared with 10.6 percent in 2008, according to a survey of 38,000 people carried out by the country's Human Sciences Research Council.

Germany seizes cocaine-filled condoms sent to Vatican

German customs officials have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine, the finance ministry said Sunday. A ministry spokesman told AFP that a box packed with 340 grammes of cocaine valued at 40,000 euros ($55,200) was seized at the international airport in the eastern city of Leipzig in January. The narcotics, posted from an unnamed South American country, were in liquid form and had been poured into the condoms and placed in the package addressed to the main postal centre at the Vatican.

Germany seizes cocaine-filled condoms sent to Vatican

German customs officials have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine, the finance ministry said Sunday. A ministry spokesman told AFP that a box packed with 340 grammes of cocaine valued at 40,000 euros ($55,200) was seized at the international airport in the eastern city of Leipzig in January. The narcotics, posted from an unnamed South American country, were in liquid form and had been poured into the condoms and placed in the package addressed to the main postal centre at the Vatican.

Crimea: UN AIDS envoy worried for drug users

The UN's AIDS envoy for eastern Europe voiced fears Thursday for injecting drug users in Crimea who risk being cut off from a lifeline treatment prohibited in Russia. Michel Kazatchkine said he was worried that heroin replacement programmes called opioid substitution therapy (OST) would end for these individuals, stripping them of a major benefit in the fight against HIV.

AIDS: Crimean drug users at risk, says NGO

More than 14,000 injecting drug users in Crimea risk being cut off from life-saving treatment and services prohibited in Russia, an NGO working to halt HIV spread warned on Thursday. Most immediately at risk are about 800 Crimeans who depend on opioid substitute therapy (OST), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance said in a statement highlighting a hidden health consequence of the political crisis.
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