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ETHIOPIA: Cappuccino with condom
20 August 2008 (PlusNews ), Bellissima, on bustling Gabon Street in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, could be just another upmarket café, except that each order comes with a packet of 'Sensation' condoms, and is served in 'Sensation' cups by staff wearing 'Sensation' T-shirts.
GLOBAL: AIDS spending breaks records, but needs more focus
8 July 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS funding to low- and middle-income countries reached a record level in 2007, according to a new report by UNAIDS.
ETHIOPIA: Amarat Mebrie: "My biggest worry is trying to feed my grandchildren everyday"
1 July 2008 (PlusNews ), Like much of Ethiopia, the south, where Amarat Mebrie lives, is experiencing severe food shortages. She told IRIN/PlusNews how she has coped since her son died two years ago, leaving her the sole guardian and caregiver of his three children.
ETHIOPIA: Rising food prices hit HIV-positive people
23 June 2008 (PlusNews ), Whenever Bellatu Bakane goes to her local market in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, she can't help but feel frustrated. "I get angry because every time I go food prices are higher," said the 38-year old mother of three. "Because food prices are increasing, we are eating less."
AFRICA: Mind your language - a short guide to HIV/AIDS slang
18 June 2008 (PlusNews ), HIV has hit our lives, our families, our economies; it also shapes the way we talk. IRIN/PlusNews looks at how the virus and its impact translates into everyday speech from the streets of Lagos to the townships of Johannesburg, and finds that despite the billions of dollars spent on positive communication strategies, the word on the street remains decidedly negative.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Understanding infidelity
5 June 2008 (PlusNews ), "Multiple, concurrent partnerships" has become the latest catchphrase in the HIV/AIDS lexicon. It refers to the practice of having more than one sexual partner at the same time, which experts say is a key driver of Southern Africa's devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic.
GLOBAL: Less silence, more science could make anal sex safer
27 February 2008 (PlusNews ), The silence and taboo surrounding anal sex is putting millions of men and women at risk of HIV, delegates attending the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, heard this week.
GLOBAL: ARVs in microbicide research - keeping hope alive?
25 February 2008 (PlusNews ), After a string of depressing trial results, the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, kicked off this week with a ray of hope that new research could deliver a new generation of HIV prevention approaches for women.
ETHIOPIA: Zufan Alebachew: "I must stay healthy for my baby's sake."
7 December 2007 (PlusNews ), Zufan Alebachew, 22, a sex worker in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, grew up in the Amhara region in the north. She told IRIN/PlusNews how a forced, early marriage affected the course of her life.
GLOBAL: Uncounted and unheard - HIV-positive immigrants in the US
12 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Immigrants make up more than 12 percent - about 35 million people - of America's population, but the US federal government has almost no idea of how HIV is affecting them, especially the Africans.
GLOBAL: In the land of the free - HIV restrictions in the US
9 November 2007 (PlusNews ), Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are constitutionally guaranteed rights in the United States, but when immigrants go searching for Lady Liberty, HIV status may affect their chances of chasing down the American dream.
GLOBAL: Teodros Mekonnen: "As a refugee you have to start from zero. I have nothing left"
7 November 2007 (PlusNews ), *Teodros is an Ethiopian refugee living in Washington DC. When he had to flee Ethiopia for political reasons, a job offer in the United Arab Emirates seemed like the perfect way out. But Teodros was diagnosed as HIV positive and failed to meet the country’s immigration laws, which require an HIV negative diagnosis in order to grant a work permit. Now years later and miles away, Teodros told IRIN/PlusNews how he still struggles to deal with his status.
ETHIOPIA: Alem Tilahun: "I was lured by clothes and cars and now I am HIV-positive"
23 October 2007 (PlusNews ), *Alem Tilahun is a high school drop out living in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. She told IRIN/PlusNews how, lured by the desire for a better lifestyle, she became involved with a much older man.
ETHIOPIA: Almaz Hailu, Ethiopia, "My husband told me his ARVs were vitamins"
23 August 2007 (PlusNews ), Almaz Hailu*, 35, is an HIV-positive widow living with an aunt and struggling to raise two young children in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.
ETHIOPIA: Selam Tesfaye, Ethiopia, 'My own father gave me HIV'
13 August 2007 (PlusNews ), Selam Tesfaye* was born and raised in Mekele, northern Ethiopia. At the age of 13 she was raped by her father, who also infected her with HIV. This is her story.
ETHIOPIA: 'Community conversations' opening up the AIDS discussion
12 July 2007 (PlusNews ), A programme known as 'community conversations' (CC) is making traditionally conservative Ethiopians open up and face the realities of HIV, including the need to treat people affected by the pandemic with greater respect and acceptance.
GLOBAL: Women want a bigger piece of the funding pie
10 July 2007 (PlusNews ), After burning the midnight oil for many weeks while preparing a US$50 million gender-based project proposal to lay before the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, Swazi activists found that it had vanished from their country's grant application. They were dumbfounded.
GLOBAL: Global forum for women with HIV
5 July 2007 (PlusNews ), AIDS does not only travel with truckers along African highways; it flies business class with men in dark suits, crawls into marriages and lurks in playgrounds. It smiles at you every day at work and, disproportionately, affects African women and girls because of gender inequalities.
ETHIOPIA: They raided my inheritance even before my husband died
14 June 2007 (PlusNews ), Wubit Debele*, 37, was diagnosed HIV-positive two years ago, and lost her husband to AIDS-related complications in January. Although Ethiopia has laws that protect the property rights of widows, in reality, disinheritance is a common problem.
ETHIOPIA: Church endorses 'holy water' and ARVs as people flock to miracle mountain
25 May 2007 (PlusNews ), Desperate Ethiopians, flocking to an ancient mountain north of the capital, Addis Ababa, seeking a "holy water" cure for AIDS have been belatedly warned by the church to keep taking their antiretroviral (ARV) medication.

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