Africa’s young ‘change sex habits and lower HIV rates’
In a report, UNAids says the incidence of HIV has decreased by up to 25% as young people between the ages of 15 and 24 change their sexual behaviour. Uganda’s vigorous campaign against HIV/Aids had helped to reduce the prevalence of the virus – which reached 30% in the 1990s – to single-digit figures. In countries such as Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe the reduction in new HIV infections, measured among young pregnant women presenting for antenatal check-ups, indicates that these nations will achieve UN targets for reducing HIV rates among the young this year.
Uganda: Obama Offers U.S. Assistance in Phone Call to Museveni
Following the bombings in Kampala on Sunday, the White House announced that President Barrack Obama phoned Ugandan President President Yoweri Museveni Monday morning to express “sincere condolences for the loss of life.” “The leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to working together to combat terrorist organizations that threaten innocent civilians around the world,” Gibbs said in his opening statement at the White House briefing. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the case.
Scientists Discover Antibody for HIV
Researchers have discovered a protein that can protect against a wide range of HIV, and said they may now be able to finally design a vaccine against the fatal and incurable virus.There are two main types of the virus: HIV-1 and HIV-2 with the most prevalent in Kenya being the former. HIV-1 is classified into four groups which further fall into several sub-types.These different strains make it difficult to produce a vaccine that could protect an individual from the virus, mainly because of what is called super infection or co-infection.In addition, the technique the teams used to find the new antibodies represents a novel strategy that could be applied to vaccine design for many other infectious diseases.