Self-help the best help for living with Aids

Juliana Brobbey thought she was 'no longer human' when she learned in 2004 that she was HIV positive. In her West African country of Ghana, the stigma linked to the virus that causes Aids is so powerful that some see it as a stain of immorality.

Sunday, 11 March, 2007, 12:00am

City Briefs

Record 373 new HIV cases reported

28 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

HK-born director scores with anguish of mainland Aids orphans

Hong Kong-born director Ruby Yang won an Academy Award for best documentary short subject for her film about mainland Aids orphans.

The Blood of Yingzhou District tells the story of Gao Jun, an Aids orphan from a rural area of Anhui province , and his search for a home to call his own.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Aids activists hail win for mainland expose

Chinese activists hope the Oscar win for a documentary about the plight of HIV/Aids orphans in a mainland village will raise global concern for the under-exposed national problem.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

HIV report on circumcision welcomed

Health authorities and Aids activists yesterday welcomed the release of long-awaited research showing male circumcision can protect against HIV infection, but insisted it was no replacement for safe sex.

The Lancet will today publish the results of two trials in Kenya and Uganda showing male circumcision reduces HIV incidence in men by between 51 and 53 per cent.

23 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Sex education raises Aids awareness

One of the rare cases in which non-governmental organisations have been able to make inroads into schools for children of migrant workers is sex education, as the mainland wakes up to the threat

of a potential Aids crisis.

17 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Left for dead

NO ONE KNOWS how old Gao Jun is. The little boy with the watchful eyes hasn't spoken since his mother and father died of Aids. The same indifference has befallen all three Huang children, who became HIV-positive through their parents.

15 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Let's talk about sex, says Ho

Denise Ho Wan-sze wants to use her celebrity status to help better educate young people about sex.

'As an idol and singer, what you say and do will directly influence fans,' she said. 'Hopefully, I'll do more charity work on top of my music career. It's one of my ambitions after I turn 30.'

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

We are running out of time to help China's Aids orphans

A seven-year-old girl I know named Fang Fang asked her dying mother: 'Mom, why don't you sell me? If you sold me, you would have money to buy medicine.' What she did not know was that both her parents were dying of Aids after contracting HIV while selling blood. They died earlier this year, leaving Fang Fang and her younger sister behind.

30 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

HIV expert advocates free testing, treatment

A prominent HIV expert has called on mainland officials to provide funding to medical centres for the free testing and treatment of prostitutes, saying that this is an efficient way to prevent the spread of the disease.

22 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The danger on China's doorstep

China has its fair share of wobbly neighbours. Kyrgyzstan flirts with civil war. North Korea is creating refugees and nuclear bombs. Myanmar is beefing up its military, but doing little to combat its biggest threat: HIV/Aids.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Back from the dead: the Myanmese HIV victims finding hope in India

When 24-year-old Myanmese Mary Lun was carried across the border and into the Aids hospice of Churachandpur in northeast India in March, she weighed a mere 24kg and was all but dead.

6 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

UNAids visits building sites to reach migrants

The United Nations Aids programme is taking a novel approach in its campaign to reach out to the mainland's vast number of migrant workers.

UNAids executive director Peter Piot visited a construction site in Beijing yesterday with mainland officials, delivering HIV/Aids brochures, condoms and playing cards with basic prevention tips to migrant workers.

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

HK reports 90 new HIV cases

Updated at 3.22pm: The number of people in Hong Kong with HIV continues to rise ? after 90 new cases of HIV infections were reported in the second quarter, Department of Health (DH) statistics released on Tuesday show.

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Reach out and help

The lives of three Hong Kong students will never be the same after a trip to Cambodia earlier this month as volunteers with a charity. 'We have an obligation to help children in developing countries because we are the privileged ones,' said the three students who were part of a volunteer team from the Happy Tree Social Services, a charity based in Hong Kong.

28 Aug 2006 - 12:00am