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KENYA-SOMALIA: Reaching out to the youth, hip-hop style
27 March 2007 (PlusNews ), Shineh Abdullahi Ali, in his early twenties, is a Somali refugee living in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Passionate about music, he is using his talent to raise awareness about the HIV pandemic in his traditionally conservative society.
KENYA: "Without nutrition, drugs are useless in our bodies"
22 March 2007 (PlusNews ), John Omondi [not his real name] is a 49-year-old father of five living in Laini Saba, one of 14 villages that make up the sprawling Kibera slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Omondi discovered about one year ago that he was infected with both HIV and tuberculosis.
KENYA: Youth, sex and tourism on the coast
9 March 2007 (PlusNews ), With her sleeping six-month-old baby daughter under one arm, 17-year-old Alice [not her real name] explains why she moved to Mombasa from ‘up country’, and how she joined the growing ranks of young girls involved in the commercial sex trade on the Kenyan coast.
KENYA: No glove, no love - young women take charge of condom use
1 March 2007 (PlusNews ), Kenyan women are taking control of their sex lives, with recent research showing that more than 70 percent of young women use condoms to prevent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
KENYA: Circumcision demand increases, but guidance crucial
23 February 2007 (PlusNews ), Requests for male circumcision have tripled in western Kenya since studies found the procedure reduces the risk of contracting HIV by more than half.
KENYA: Male participation crucial to reducing gender violence and HIV
5 January 2007 (PlusNews ), Activists are calling on Kenyan men to become more involved in campaigns to end the widespread physical and sexual abuse of women and girls, a problem that is putting millions of women at greater risk of contracting HIV.
KENYA: Slow progress in safer-sex services for men who sleep with men
18 December 2006 (PlusNews ), Although sex between men remains illegal in Kenya, services addressing HIV/AIDS and the sexual health needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) are slowly becoming available to this much-neglected and stigmatised group.
KENYA: Urgent action needed to avert resistant TB - activists
13 December 2006 (PlusNews ), Kenya risks falling victim to new, drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB), found elsewhere on the continent, if the government fails to take the TB epidemic more seriously, activists have warned.
KENYA: Government introduces combination therapy for PMTCT
4 December 2006 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive pregnant women in Kenya may soon receive the AIDS drug Zidovudine, also known as AZT, alongside single-dose Nevirapine, a combination shown to significantly reduce the transmission of the virus to new-born babies.
KENYA: Activists upset as UK introduces TB screening for visa applicants
30 November 2006 (PlusNews ), AIDS activists in Kenya are calling for the United Kingdom (UK) to repeal a recent decision to introduce tuberculosis screening for Kenyans applying to enter the UK for more than six months.
KENYA: Rising drug, alcohol abuse threatens HIV/AIDS gains
29 November 2006 (PlusNews ), Kenya recorded a drop in HIV prevalence from 6.1 percent in 2005 to 5.9 in 2006 but rising substance abuse could reverse advances made in the fight against HIV/AIDS if left unchecked, the National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) has warned.
KENYA: Muslim women in the north defy custom to fight AIDS
9 November 2006 (PlusNews ), A group of Muslim women in the dusty town of Lodwar, northern Kenya, are breaking with tradition to speak openly about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
KENYA: HIV exacerbates malnutrition among infants in drought-prone Turkana
2 November 2006 (PlusNews ), A high incidence of HIV has worsened the condition of hungry children in drought-prone Turkana region, in northern Kenya.
KENYA: Prisoners in remote Turkana get HIV/AIDS education
25 October 2006 (PlusNews ), On a sweltering afternoon in the crowded courtyard of Lodwar Prison, in northern Kenya's remote Turkana district, inmates jostle for positions on the floor, enraptured by rare entertainment - a short film to educate them about HIV/AIDS.
KENYA: Farm project helps AIDS orphans get food, income
16 October 2006 (PlusNews ), A UN project is helping to sustain farming know-how and other life skills among Kenyan children orphaned by AIDS. The Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools project (JFFLS), which has been running for two years, teaches basic farming techniques and social health, including family planning, alcohol abuse and gender equality, to 120 orphans at four primary schools in the village of Odhuro in the district of Bondo in western Kenya's Nyanza province.
KENYA: Pastoralist communities in Turkana face rising HIV rate
6 October 2006 (PlusNews ), Turkana in northern Kenya is the largest district in the country but poor services and low literacy have led to a high HIV prevalence rate among its pastoralist communities.
KENYA: Better care could be taken of AIDS orphans
21 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Being an orphan is tough enough at the best of times, but in the working class district of Dagoretti Corner in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, it often means going without food as well as love.
KENYA: No time to "chill" for abstinence campaign
15 September 2006 (PlusNews ), A huge media campaign has been urging young Kenyans to 'chill' - or abstain from sex - in a bid to curb HIV transmission.
KENYA: Education key to ARV adherence among refugees
11 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Anti-AIDS drugs are available to a small group of HIV-positive patients in northern Kenya's remote Kakuma refugee camp, but access is only part of the challenge: ignorance about the virus is widespread.
KENYA: Music and drama teach lakeshore communities about AIDS
5 September 2006 (PlusNews ), Lake Victoria, the world's second largest body of fresh water, is renowned for its rich harvests of tilapia and Nile perch, but the people living along its shores have the highest HIV-prevalence rate in Kenya.

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