Archive for April 11th, 2008

Male Circumcision and HIV Prevention

Swaziland, an African country that has one of the highest prevalence of HIV infection in the world, is heightening its drive of having their men circumcised to help combat the spread of the virus. Forty-two percent of young adults in this country are infected with HIV. The government plans to offer the procedure to an estimated 200,000 sexually active men over the next five years. The problem, however, is lack of doctors. There are less than 100 physicians available for over one million people. …

Routine Blood Donations Reveal HIV Cases in Saudi Arabia

Hundreds of unreported HIV cases were discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2006 after thousands of people volunteered to donate blood, according to a report from Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper. During that year, 368 HIV cases were discovered at 253 clinics across the kingdom.Other diseases discovered among aspiring blood donors include 32,798 cases of hepatitis B; 2,862 cases of hepatitis C; 1,145 cases of syphilis; 13 cases of malaria; and 777 cases of high blood pressure. According to Ibrahim Al-Omar, a rep…

Successful Australian HIV Program May be Used Worldwide

A successful program in Western Australia aimed at protecting unborn babies of HIV-infected mothers could be used worldwide, according to public health experts. This state-wide service, which has been conducted over the last 14 years, goes into remote parts of the state to treat women infected with HIV during their pregnancy, as well as their children for a month after birth.Health experts in Western Australia hopes that this program could have important implication for Africa and other countrie…