Getting proper nutrition is very important for people with HIV, especially those who are taking anti-retroviral drugs. The drugs are very toxic and when patients don’t get enough to eat, they can become quite ill. The Grow2Feed Farm is the first cooperative fish farm in Liberia that focuses on serving the HIV-positive community. In one year, the farm can provide up to 200,000 fish to a community of about 1,200 people, most of whom are HIV-positive.
Despite the many advances made in recent years that aim to help treat and combat HIV/AIDS, the virus still affects more than 35 million people worldwide, with the majority living in Sub-Saharan Africa. We recently shared a new innovation that uses condoms to combat HIV. Another new invention, referred to as a “tampon”, follows the same idea. This “tampon” has …
You’ll get a full belly of delicious food at the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant in Bangkok, but never fear, all the items on the menu are “guaranteed not to cause pregnancy.” Conceived by ex-politician and philanthropist Mechai Viravaidya as a way to raise funds while tackling the culturally taboo topic of HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health, the restaurant opened its doors more than 10 years ago has become a must-see destination for tourists.
Acclaimed producer, director and humanitarian Firdaus Kharas uses light-hearted, accessible and multi-lingual cartoon animations as health promotion tools, particularly in the Middle East. His work cover issues including HIV/AIDs prevention, contraception, malaria prevention, domestic violence and energy conservation. Similar innovators utilize media platforms for health promotion, including Mohammed Harib and Malik Nejer. With cross-cultural appeal and accessible messages, cartoons are becoming a valuable method of teaching critical lessons.
While rates of HIV/AIDS infection have been declining due to advancements in technology and increased access to healthcare and education, upwards of 70% of those affected live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Condom use is still low in the region, but the importance of safe sex and prevention is taking hold. A recently developed product, if brought to the continent, could be a valuable tool in the fight against the disease.
With Option B+, HIV-positive pregnant or breastfeeding women are put on antiretroviral drugs for life, irrespective of their CD4 count or clinical stage. This approach is currently being employed by Doctors without Borders in Swaziland, the country with the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world.
While this may not be news to some readers, there is an alternative to the commonly used male condoms. The female condom is a pouch that is inserted into the vagina or anus before sex that lines the wall. Ostensibly, this safe-sex device improves women’s ability to have an equal say in their sexual activities. They function in much the same way …