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A “brain drain” of skilled nurses and doctors from Africa to better paid jobs abroad is jeopardising the global fight against AIDS, a group of U.S. doctors said on Thursday.

Africa’s "brain drain" jeopardises AIDS fight

Last Updated: 2004-07-15

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A "brain drain" of skilled nurses and doctors from Africa to better paid jobs abroad is jeopardising the global fight against AIDS, a group of U.S. doctors said on Thursday.

The continent, at the epicentre of an HIV/AIDS pandemic that has already killed 20 million people, needs to recruit tens of thousands of health care workers if it is to meet the goal of providing anti-AIDS medicines to those who need them.

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Cuba offered on Thursday to build training centers for nurses to handle AIDS patients in Caribbean nations and provide antiretroviral drugs to fight the pandemic.

Cuba to help Caribbean fight AIDS
Source : provided by REUTERS ; Last Updated: 2004-07-15

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba offered on Thursday to build training centers for nurses to handle AIDS patients in Caribbean nations and provide antiretroviral drugs to fight the pandemic.

Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque made the offer at a one-day meeting with counterparts from the Caribbean Community (Caricom).

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CONVEGNO: “Curare l’AIDS in Africa – Il contributo di Pisa a DREAM”

 

PISA – 28 GIUGNO 2004

CONVEGNO:

"Curare l’AIDS in Africa – Il contributo di Pisa a DREAM"

Il 28 giugno alle ore 16,30 l’Università di Pisa e l’Azienda Ospedaliera Pisana organizzano un convegno dal titolo: "Curare l’AIDS in Africa – Il contributo di Pisa a DREAM".

Il convegno è l’occasione per dare avvio al programma dell’Università e dell’Ospedale di Pisa di sostegno a DREAM in Africa, che prevede l’invio di studenti e specializzandi della Facoltà di Medicina di Pisa nelle zone dove si realizza DREAM, la formazione di personale sanitario africano sia in Africa che a Pisa, cure specialistiche in Italia per i malati che ne avessero bisogno.

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An assay based on detection of HIV antigen p24 may be more sensitive than existing tests, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

New HIV assay sensitive to 2 copies/mL
2004-06-15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An assay based on detection of HIV antigen p24 may be more sensitive than existing tests, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

 

The test may be useful for screening donated blood and monitoring patients, the developers at the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology said.

They said it is 25 times more sensitive than the best technology currently available.

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Zimbabwe opened its first national AIDS conference on Tuesday, spotlighting a health disaster that critics of its government say has been overshadowed by mounting economic and political problems.

Zimbabwe holds first national meeting on AIDS crisis
2004-06-15
HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe opened its first national AIDS conference on Tuesday, spotlighting a health disaster that critics of its government say has been overshadowed by mounting economic and political problems.

 

According to official figures, 24.6% of Zimbabwe’s adult population is infected with HIV, one of the highest rates in the world.

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Counseling about negative aspects of unsafe sex cuts HIV risky behaviors

Counseling about negative aspects of unsafe sex cuts HIV risky behaviors
Source : AIDS 2004;18:1179-1186  (2004-06-15)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In motivating HIV-infected patients to reduce behaviors that may transmit the virus, brief counseling about the negative consequences of unsafe sex is more effective than discussing the positive outcomes of safer sex, according to a new study.

 

The findings, which appear in the May 21st issue of AIDS, are based on a study of 585 sexually active subjects who attended clinics emphasizing either of these risk reduction approaches or to control clinics that only stressed adherence to antiretroviral therapy.

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