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GLOBAL: Rape survivors need better emergency care - MSF
9 March 2009 (PlusNews ), People who have suffered sexual violence in countries facing humanitarian crises need much more accessible, comprehensive and confidential care than is currently available, says a new report by the international medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
GLOBAL: HIV incidence rising in 50+ age group
3 March 2009 (PlusNews ), The number of older people with HIV may be increasing worldwide, but doctors seldom consider screening them for HIV, thus delaying diagnosis, according to an article in the World Health Organisation's March Bulletin.
KENYA: Desperate times: women sell sex to buy food
3 March 2009 (PlusNews ), By day, Angela* does odd jobs at a primary school in Isiolo, a town in Kenya's Eastern Province, but by night she and her two daughters rent a house in town where they sell sex to local men and truckers passing through. According to health workers, more and more women are turning to sex work to survive the ongoing food crisis and rocketing food prices.
KENYA: Tough working conditions and risky sex on tea plantations
3 March 2009 (PlusNews ), Underpaid and living in poor conditions far from home, tea pickers in Kenya's vast plantations are trying to boost their income by selling sex.
GLOBAL: New insight into HI-virus
27 February 2009 (PlusNews ), New research has revealed the extent and speed at which the HI virus can adapt to overcome the body's own evolving defence systems.
KENYA: Jane, "I told them I was HIV-positive ... they raped me anyway"
27 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Exactly one year ago, Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki and his erstwhile rival for the presidency, Raila Odinga, signed an agreement that created a government of national unity, ending two months of election-related violence during which more than 1,000 people were killed. The effects of that violence are still being felt.
KENYA: Changing lifestyles put indigenous communities at risk
23 February 2009 (PlusNews ), One of East Africa's last remaining hunter-gatherer communities, the Ogiek people, has largely remained separate from the rest of society, but NGOs warn that their ignorance and isolation from HIV/AIDS prevention efforts could heighten their vulnerability to the virus.
KENYA: Playing at home is safer
19 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Marriage is not a safe haven from HIV; in fact, the pandemic is spreading rapidly among married people in Kenya. This is the core message of a new campaign to discourage extramarital sex.
KENYA: Isaac Ikone, "I am ready for circumcision"
19 February 2009 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government launched a campaign to promote male circumcision in 2008, but it has not yet reached most parts of the country. In the northwestern district of Turkana, where the practice is not part of the culture and few have even heard of it, IRIN/PlusNews spoke to Isaac Ikone, 22.
KENYA: Testing from door to door
17 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Joel Kirwa, a farmer in Rift Valley Province, western Kenya, has never been tested for HIV; he is usually too busy tending his cattle and fields and rarely visits Turbo town, where the nearest voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) centre is located.
KENYA: Treatment programmes recover patients lost in post-election violence
17 February 2009 (PlusNews ), When post-election violence struck western Kenya's Rift Valley last year, hundreds of patients failed to collect their antiretroviral medication from their regular clinics, leading health workers to fear that their patients would develop resistance, or fall ill and even die.
GLOBAL: Optimistic UNAIDS sets ambitious goals
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), Wearing an orange "HIV Positive" t-shirt, the new executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, this week outlined his vision for the UN agency at the Ubuntu Clinic in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa.
GLOBAL: A glimmer of hope for microbicide research
10 February 2009 (PlusNews ), After years of disappointments, AIDS researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
GLOBAL: Global Fund facing shortfall
6 February 2009 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which supplies one-quarter of all AIDS funding, is facing a funding gap of US$5 billion.
KENYA: Grandparents struggle to keep teens in line
29 January 2009 (PlusNews ), It is early evening in Kisumu, the largest town in Nyanza Province, western Kenya, where Lillian Atieno, the teenage granddaughter of Peter Okong'o, 67, is putting on her make-up before going into town for what she describes as 'business'. In fact, she is a sex worker at Octopus, a popular nightclub.
KENYA: FGM falsely touted as a panacea for HIV
27 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Priscilla Bosibori, now 17, was 14 when an aunt fetched her from her school in Kisii, western Kenya, on the pretext of taking her to an important family function. Once they had left the school grounds, her aunt said her family had found a way of protecting her from HIV.
KENYA: Peter Munabi, "I live like a bird, eating food whenever I can find it"
27 January 2009 (PlusNews ), As the Kenyan government struggles to contain a growing food crisis by importing food and distributing it to the worst hit areas, many urban and rural poor are finding it increasingly difficult to put food on the table.
KENYA: Food shortages threaten ARV adherence
23 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Makueni District Hospital in eastern Kenya has recorded a significant drop in the weight of several of its HIV-positive patients in the past three months, which nutritionists ascribe to severe food shortages across much of the country.
KENYA: Jane Nyasuguta: "I made it a resolution to go down with as many men as possible
22 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Jane Nyasuguta*, 40, a former teacher living in Nyanza Province, western Kenya, thought she and her husband had a good marriage until she discovered he had a mistress in a neighbouring town. She told IRIN/PlusNews that after his death from an AIDS-related illness, and her discovery that she too was HIV-positive, she was filled with resentment.
GLOBAL: A new and improved PEPFAR under Obama?
21 January 2009 (PlusNews ), Hopes are high that the change promised by incoming US President Barack Obama will extend to his foreign policy, but for more than two million people living with HIV, mainly in Africa, the changing of the guard at the White House may elicit mixed feelings.

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