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KENYA: Gigolos and tourists take chances at the Coast
24 September 2008 (PlusNews ), A couple strolling hand-in-hand along a sandy beach in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa could have jumped straight off the pages of a cheesy romance novel, except for one major difference: the man is local and in his early twenties, while the woman, a tourist, is middle-aged.
KENYA: Maureen: "When I reported my rape to the police, they arrested me"
23 September 2008 (PlusNews ), Seventeen year-old Maureen* is a sex worker in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa. She moved to Mombasa six months ago from her native home of Kisii, in western Kenya. Still deeply affected by her parents' divorce, she told IRIN PlusNews how she ended up making a living selling sex.
KENYA: Young girls the new bait for fishermen
12 September 2008 (PlusNews ), Dunga Beach, along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya's western city of Kisumu, erupts into activity when the boats bring in their catch. Female fishmongers scramble along the beach to buy fish, shouting themselves hoarse to get the attention of the fishermen and middlemen, who control whether or not the women will have anything to sell that day.
KENYA: Male circumcision sparks controversy
11 September 2008 (PlusNews ), Peter Otieno*, a 25-year-old taxi driver in Kisumu City, the capital of Kenya's western Nyanza Province, is considering getting circumcised. "I have heard about male circumcision as a way of reducing one's chances of getting infected [with HIV]," he told IRIN/PlusNews.
KENYA: Sex workers offer hope for HIV prevention
8 September 2008 (PlusNews ), A study of Kenyan sex workers who appear to be immune to HIV could provide important clues to the development of an effective AIDS vaccine.
KENYA: The lure of dodgy herbal "cures" for HIV
21 August 2008 (PlusNews ), People in Kenya's Coast Province, believed not to be genuine herbalists, are selling concoctions purported to treat HIV and persuading many patients on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to abandon their medication.
KENYA: High levels of stigma persist in the north
21 August 2008 (PlusNews ), For the past ten months, health workers at Ijara District Hospital in Kenya's North Eastern Province have been caring for two children, aged six and seven, who were abandoned by their father after he discovered he was HIV-positive. Nurses say the children were weak, malnourished and suffering from tuberculosis when they arrived.
KENYA: Ruth Wangechi:"Flashbacks of his philandering after the birth of our first child rang alarm bells"
12 August 2008 (PlusNews ), Ruth Wangechi, 32, married soon after dropping out of school. Although her husband had contracted HIV, he and his family kept the information under wraps. When she became aware of her HIV-positive status, she decided to openly speak about it and shared her experiences with IRIN/PlusNews.
KENYA: Lucy Chesire: "The three big scars in my life are because of TB-HIV co-infection"
8 August 2008 (PlusNews ), Lucy Chesire is the coordinator of the Kenyan chapter of the non-governmental organisation, Advocacy to Control TB Internationally. After being diagnosed with HIV in 1992, she contracted tuberculosis (TB) and had to undergo a series of painful surgeries due to poor diagnostics. She told IRIN/PlusNews about her determination to help people co-infected with TB and HIV receive better care in the future.
KENYA: Breast is best, even for mothers with HIV
4 August 2008 (PlusNews ), The risk of an HIV-positive mother infecting her child through breastfeeding can be significantly reduced by antiretroviral treatment (ART), say health officials in Kenya.
KENYA: HIV services are scarce on the street
29 July 2008 (PlusNews ), In the next four months, Rashid Mwaneno Dona will become the father of a baby that he and his girlfriend, Fatma Chelimo, conceived while living on the streets of Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast.
KENYA: More education equals less teen pregnancy and HIV
25 July 2008 (PlusNews ), Keeping Kenyan girls in school and ensuring they have access to HIV and sex education has a dramatic effect on lowering future levels of HIV, according to experts.
KENYA: PMTCT services not reaching rural women
24 July 2008 (PlusNews ), The government's campaign to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child is failing pregnant HIV-positive women in Kenya's remote rural areas.
KENYA: There's no substitute for support when taking ARVs
16 July 2008 (PlusNews ), "We [people living with HIV] must eat well, must keep off stress - it is not good for you ... if you can, please walk out on anything annoying and go and watch Vitimbi [a popular TV sitcom] or sing your favourite song ... be happy and positive."
KENYA: Post-violence sex work boom
9 July 2008 (PlusNews ), Like thousands of other Kenyans, Susan Wairimu, 17, was displaced from her home in the Rift Valley Province's Molo district during the violence that followed a disputed presidential election in December 2007 and sought shelter in the nearby town of Nakuru.
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.
KENYA: The cutting edge (multimedia)
24 June 2008 (PlusNews ), The reproductive health NGO, Marie Stopes Kenya (MSK), has started a mobile circumcision pilot project in the western, largely non-circumcising province of Nyanza.
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.
KENYA: Boy's suicide reveals gaps in HIV education
28 May 2008 (PlusNews ), The recent suicide of a secondary school student in Kenya's North Eastern Province after he was diagnosed as HIV positive has highlighted the shortage of qualified counsellors in the region, and the urgent need to address the misinformation and stigma attached to the virus.

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