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KENYA: Janet Kithika: "At least my grandchildren won't become maids or marry too early"
23 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Janet Kithika, 59, is the youngest of 29 grandmothers or 'shoshos' in Nyumbani village in eastern Kenya, which is home to children orphaned by AIDS and the grandparents who care for them. A former teacher and court typist, Kithaka separated from her husband in 1995 and raised her two daughters alone. She told IRIN/PlusNews how she struggled after they both died from AIDS-related illnesses.
KENYA: The little village that could
22 May 2008 (PlusNews ), The word 'nyumbani' means home in Swahili, and that is exactly what a pilot village in the eastern Kenyan district of Kitui is trying to provide for two generations devastated by the AIDS pandemic.
KENYA: People think because I can't see, I can't hear either
14 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Catherine Wanjiku is a visually impaired teacher from Thika District in central Kenya who was diagnosed with HIV in 2001. She told a recent media briefing on HIV and the disabled about her difficulties in accessing HIV services.
KENYA: HIV-positive people feeling the pinch of high food prices
13 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Soaring food prices are beginning to affect the health of HIV-positive people in Kenya. Health workers say the situation is especially dire in the remote and chronically food insecure northern parts of the country.
KENYA: Muslim clerics declare war on condoms
12 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Muslim leaders in Kenya's North Eastern Province have resolved to campaign against the promotion of condoms as a means of preventing HIV.
KENYA: Marie: "My one night stand could change my life forever"
6 May 2008 (PlusNews ), Marie*, 25, comes from France but works for an international non-governmental organisation that often requires her to travel around Asia and Africa. While on one such trip she made a decision that could change her life forever.
KENYA: Clergy urged to ditch sanctimony in HIV fight
30 April 2008 (PlusNews ), When Bishop James Otieno Okombo revealed he was HIV-positive in 1996, his archbishop summarily dismissed him, calling him a sinner and a disgrace to his church.
KENYA: Camp conditions harsh for HIV-positive displaced people
29 April 2008 (PlusNews ), Harsh living conditions and the onset of the cold rainy season in Kenya are making it increasingly difficult for HIV-positive people displaced in the recent post-election violence to stay healthy, according to health workers in the camps.
KENYA: Henry Mwitirere, Kenya, "I'm displaced but at least I can help other HIV-positive people"
28 April 2008 (PlusNews ), Henry Kamau Mwiterere works with the Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV (AMPATH) as a facilitator for HIV support groups in Kenya's western Rift Valley Province. Made homeless by the country's post-election violence in January, he told PlusNews how he has managed to make a difference to displaced people living with the virus.
KENYA: ARV programmes slowly recovering from post-election crisis
28 April 2008 (PlusNews ), Thousands of Kenyans who dropped out of HIV treatment programmes in January as a result of the country's post-election violence are gradually returning to the clinics and the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that help prolong their lives.
KENYA: When there's no excuse not to use a condom
15 April 2008 (PlusNews ), When the music's pumping, drinks are flowing and hormones are raging, condoms don't often spring to mind, until it's too late. By then, the shops are closed and a packet of three is hard to come by.
KENYA: Government to roll out male circumcision
10 April 2008 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government has embarked on an ambitious national programme to fast track the national rollout of male circumcision as a means of preventing HIV.
KENYA: Displacement raises risk of drug-resistant TB
2 April 2008 (PlusNews ), The threat of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Kenya has been heightened by the displacement of an estimated 300,000 people in the country's recent political crisis, health workers have said.
KENYA: Sexual violence continues in IDP camps
4 March 2008 (PlusNews ), Residents in a camp for displaced persons in Nakuru, in Rift Valley Province, western Kenya, were deeply shocked when a gang of men attacked and sexually assaulted five boys, but the health officials dealing with sexual violence during the recent political upheaval have had to become immune.
KENYA: Veronica Wangeci: "He pushed me to the ground and raped me"
28 February 2008 (PlusNews ), Veronica Wangeci, 35, has lived with her son in Nairobi's Mathare slum for 17 years. During the violence that followed Kenya's disputed election in December 2007, she was thrown out of her home. She told IRIN/PlusNews about the sexual abuse she has endured since then.
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.
KENYA: Blood donors encouraged to learn HIV status
19 February 2008 (PlusNews ), Blood donation drives held in Kenya in recent weeks to meet the need created by post-election violence have highlighted the shortage of regular blood donors and the problem this creates in public healthcare, say officials from the national blood transfusion service.
KENYA: Dating dilemmas: Risk rejection or stick to positive partners?
18 February 2008 (PlusNews ), To avoid the pain of being rejected, many HIV-positive Kenyans are choosing to exclusively date other infected people. But does this make things any easier?
KENYA: Jane Wangui: "I don't know where to get my drugs when the camp closes"
29 January 2008 (PlusNews ), Jane Wangui an HIV-positive mother-of-four, is living in Nairobi's Jamhuri Park, where a camp has been set up for internally displaced persons who fled the violence that erupted across the country after controversial December 2007 elections. She explained to IRIN/PlusNews how the displacement has affected her life.

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