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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Life & Health

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision partially protects against HIV, HPV and Herpes

Modeling based on a timeline where 80 percent coverage of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) of men age 15-49 is achieved by 2015 suggests that more than 20 percent of new HIV infections would be averted by 2025, with financial savings of an estimated USD 16.6 billion in future medical costs, said Cindra Feuer, Communications and Policy Advisor, AVAC - Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention at AIDS Vaccine 2012.

An HIV vaccine will never work in isolation

In the event that control and elimination of HIV is realised in the next few years, maintaining this success is going to be hard without a vaccine. That is how the Director of the US’ National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr Anthony Fauci analysed the situation at the AIDS Vaccine 2012 conference which ended Wednesday (Sept.12) in the American city of Boston.

Vaccines: Final Nail In HIV Coffin?

HIV is said to have killed more than 30 million people across the globe since it was discovered in 1983 by Dr Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

Celebrating The First Ever Global Female Condom Day

For the first time ever, people from all over the world will observe Global Female Condom Day on Wednesday, 12th September 2012. The Chicago Female Condom Campaign will help lead the way calling for greater access to, and increased education on the importance of female condoms.

Vaginal Microbicide offers hope for partial anti-HIV protection

There are clear reasons why the vaginal microbicide research and development offers more hope in 2012. Vaginal microbicide (anti-HIV gel) research is going ahead and scientists are waiting for study results to tell them more whether the CAPRISA-004 study results that reported 39% overall efficacy for women in July 2010 can be replicated in another study called FACTS-001, and if so, is the evidence strong enough for licensure.

Combination Prevention: Can it turn the HIV tide?

If we really want to turn the HIV tide, we cannot afford to wait for a 'magic bullet', but do a better job with a broad range of HIV prevention and treatment tools and approaches at hand.

Progress and Challenges in the Search for an HIV Vaccine

Scientists from around the world will gather in Boston next week to present more than 400 new research studies updating global progress in the search for a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

Indoor Air Pollution Not A Public Health Issue in Zimbabwe

Loving memories of my grandmother’s cooking hut in the backyard of Zimbabwe are still fresh inside me like morning dawn. Yet, I also remember how the hut would fill up with smoke that choked my throat and stung my eyes and how I sat through it all enjoying a meal or engaged in conversation with loved ones. Little did I know that it was a health hazard.

Staff accountability is defined in Juvenile Justice Act

At a recent training workshop for Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members, at which I was invited as the guest expert on the issue of "Child Rights and Convergence of Related Agencies to Ensure access to Juvenile Justice System for a child in distress," a very poignant question was raised by a CWC Member from Uttarakhand: "When we know that institutions like children homes and observation homes are 'hell holes' where the child is likely to be exposed to more abuse and neglect, then knowingly why do we shove these children down these 'wells of horrors'?"

Time for multiple prevention technologies (MPTs) is now

The call to end AIDS at the recently concluded XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) warrants us to act upon a range of AIDS related interventions. One of these is around preventing HIV transmission.

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