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KENYA: Free ARVs a step in the right direction, but much more needed
19 June 2006 (PlusNews ), Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's recent announcement that antiretroviral (ARV) treatment will now be free of charge in public hospitals came as a welcome relief, particularly to the East African nation's HIV-positive people.
KENYA: HIV-positive prisoners often locked out of services
14 June 2006 (PlusNews ), Skeletally thin George Okoth (not his real name), 37, has been in prison on remand for murder for almost a year. He was diagnosed with HIV late in 2005, when he fell seriously ill, and has since been put on a course of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which increases his appetite.
KENYA: Prison term for wilful HIV infection proposed
12 June 2006 (PlusNews ), If a proposed law is passed by Kenya's parliament, people who knowingly infect others with HIV will be jailed for at least seven years, a local newspaper, The Nation, has reported.
KENYA: My brother's keeper - community care saves lives
8 June 2006 (PlusNews ), Rural communities in desperately poor western Kenya, tired of waiting for help that never comes, are bringing hope to families that would otherwise starve or die of health problems.
KENYA: ARVs now free in public hospitals
2 June 2006 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive Kenyans will no longer have to pay for life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) treatment at public hospitals, President Mwai Kibaki has announced.
KENYA: Treating little people with big problems at Gertrude's
25 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Gertrude's Garden Children's Hospital, in the plush Nairobi suburb of Muthaiga, is the Kenyan capital's only facility dedicated to paediatrics and, until recently, the only one of its kind in East Africa, a region with hundreds of thousands of HIV-positive children.
KENYA: Caring for an HIV-positive child - one mother's story
25 May 2006 (PlusNews ), When HIV-positive Brenda* had her first child in 1998, he died after for just five months, his immune system overwhelmed by illness.
KENYA: Progress on HIV parent-to-baby transmission, but UNGASS target still elusive
24 May 2006 (PlusNews ), The comprehensive HIV/AIDS care clinic at Kenya's Machakos District Hospital buzzes with activity as nurses call out the names of the tens of women waiting - proof, according to the hospital's staff, that their efforts to reduce the number of children born with the virus are paying off.
KENYA: Sharing knowledge key to improving HIV/AIDS management
22 May 2006 (PlusNews ), In a bid to document and scale-up 'best practices' in HIV/AIDS, the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) in Kenya has carried out 16 case studies of HIV/AIDS programmes in four African countries over the past four years.
KENYA: Music industry gets with the HIV/AIDS programme
17 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Kenya's musicians are stepping up to the mike and using their talent and creative imagination to spread vital HIV/AIDS information among young people.
KENYA: Microbicide trials launched
16 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Researchers have started trials of a vaginal gel that could help women protect themselves against HIV in situations where they cannot negotiate condom use.
KENYA: Too many hurdles for rape survivors in accessing PEP
5 May 2006 (PlusNews ), When Margaret closed shop after a routine day at her stall in Nairobi's Kawangware market, the last thing she thought was that she would always remember that day as the most terrifying of her life - that evening, Margaret was violently raped.
KENYA: New AIDS treatment plan launched
4 May 2006 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan Medical Association and Family Health International (FHI), an anti-AIDS charity, have launched an HIV/AIDS treatment project to complement the government's programme.
KENYA: Combating TB, poverty and HIV at the Blue House
4 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Blue House, a clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Mathare, one of the most populous slums in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, means salvation to thousands of people infected with tuberculosis and HIV.
KENYA: Global Fund okays AIDS grant
28 April 2006 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has agreed to new funding for Kenya despite the country's delay in submitting an audit for a first tranche.
KENYA: DFID anti-AIDS boost announced
26 April 2006 (PlusNews ), Some 60,000 HIV-positive Kenyans are to benefit from a new treatment initiative by Britain's Department for International Development (DFID).
KENYA-SUDAN: HIV-positive Sudanese refugees fear stigma in homeland
21 April 2006 (PlusNews ), Thousands of refugees in northern Kenya's Kakuma camp have signed up to be repatriated to their native southern Sudan. Among them is James Nhial Diew, 16, who arrived in 2004 and is excited to be going home, but afraid of revealing his HIV-positive status to his family. He said he might find the courage to do it when he gets to Sudan. "I just told them that I am sick and they told me to come home so they can nurse me there," he said.
KENYA: Drought, poverty forcing young women into risky commercial sex
29 March 2006 (PlusNews ), As night falls in Makindu, a truck stop on the highway between the capital, Nairobi, and the port city of Mombasa, the fluorescent lights and blaring music of the bars and lodges signal the start of yet another evening of brisk business.
KENYA: Hungry for help - HIV-positive people struggle to survive in drought-hit east
28 March 2006 (PlusNews ), As the unrelenting sun sears the hard, red earth of eastern Kenya's Makueni district, dust devils carry balls of dry grass across the land where some 3.5 million Kenyans face severe food shortages after several consecutive failed rainy seasons.
KENYA: Treating more than just HIV/AIDS in Nairobi's Kibera slum
17 March 2006 (PlusNews ), Kibera, the sprawling mass of tightly packed structures roofed with corrugated iron that makes up the largest slum in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, is home to more than 600,000 people, most of whom relocated from their rural homes in the hope of making their fortune in the city.

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