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KENYA: AIDS activists battle tax increase on medicines
5 April 2011 (PlusNews ), Kenyan AIDS activists are furious about a plan by the government to implement a 2 percent tax increase on medicines, which they say will hurt poor people living with HIV.
KENYA: Condom recycling highlights gaps in HIV prevention programming
29 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Media images of men in northern Kenya washing condoms for re-use have underscored the need to improve HIV communication and close gaps in the supply of condoms in rural areas.
KENYA: Stepping up paediatric TB diagnosis
24 March 2011 (PlusNews ), Over the past few years the Kenyan government has significantly scaled up its diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis with positive results, but officials say diagnosis of children lags behind.
KENYA: Testing the integration of HIV and public healthcare
21 March 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV could lose its "special status" in Kenya's health system if a new pilot programme integrating HIV care and public healthcare proves successful.
KENYA: Stigma keeps Asian population from accessing HIV services
10 March 2011 (PlusNews ), When 20-year-old Jenna,* a Kenyan of Asian descent, told her family two years ago she had tested positive for HIV, they forced her to terminate her pregnancy, forbad her to seek treatment and kept her locked in the house because of the shame she had brought on the family.
KENYA: Amina Hassan*, "I suspect he knows his status and is taking ARVs secretly"
3 March 2011 (PlusNews ), For 10 years Amina Hassan*, 37, trusted her husband and had a happy married life in Nakuru, in Rift Valley Province, western Kenya. Even if her religion allowed him to marry other wives, he had always assured her that she was enough, and he would have no reason to marry anyone else. But she told IRIN/PlusNews that life changed when her husband went to work in the port city of Mombasa and he returned a different man.
KENYA: Integration of maternal, HIV services shows results
24 February 2011 (PlusNews ), The bold branding of HIV care centres in Kenyan hospitals stops many HIV-positive pregnant women from accessing vital HIV treatment that could protect their children from infection for fear of stigma.
KENYA: Hungry HIV-positive mothers wary of exclusive breastfeeding
21 February 2011 (PlusNews ), Nutrition experts recommend that HIV-positive mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months to reduce the risk of HIV transmission, but food-insecure Kenyan mothers worry they have insufficient milk to keep their babies full and healthy.
KENYA: HIV-positive forest evictees struggle to access ARVs
17 February 2011 (PlusNews ), Wesley Kipkoech*, 21, may be illiterate and speak only his native Ndorobo tongue, but he understands all too well that if he does not have regular access to his HIV medication, he is likely to die.
AFRICA: Need for systematic HIV drug resistance testing
8 February 2011 (PlusNews ), HIV is a tough enough diagnosis, but when one contracts a strain of HIV resistant to some life-prolonging medicines, treatment options are limited. A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.
KENYA: Fidelity campaigns could take years to see results
1 February 2011 (PlusNews ), Your secret lover probably has a secret lover - Kenyans regularly hear this message through a campaign aimed at reducing the high rate of new infections occurring within marriage.
KENYA: Outrage as minister suggests isolating HIV-positive people
31 January 2011 (PlusNews ), AIDS activists are demanding a full apology from a Kenyan cabinet minister who recently suggested that isolating HIV-positive people may be the way to eradicate the pandemic.
KENYA: Catholics divided over Pope's condom comments
21 January 2011 (PlusNews ), Following the Pope's comments in a 2010 book to the effect that condom use may be permissible by HIV-positive sex workers to prevent HIV infection, many Roman Catholic Kenyans have found themselves at odds with their church leaders, who have retained their firm stance against condom use.
KENYA: Caring for the care-givers
19 January 2011 (PlusNews ), Raising young children was not part of 65-year-old Angeline Abuga's retirement plan, but after her son and daughter-in-law died from HIV-related complications four years ago, she found herself the sole carer for their five children.
KENYA: Contraception concerns for HIV discordant couples
13 January 2011 (PlusNews ), Cheating spouses have always caused problems for their marriages; in Kenya, a growing issue raised by extramarital sex is the phenomenon of HIV discordance - where one spouse is HIV-positive and the other negative.
EAST AFRICA: Sex workers enticed or forced into unprotected sex
10 January 2011 (PlusNews ), Sex workers operating in East Africa are generally aware of the HIV risks of unprotected sex, but for many of them, the extra cash incentive clients often offer for sex without a condom is worth the risk.
KENYA: HIV-positive kids get by with a little help from their friends
31 December 2010 (PlusNews ), When Yona, 12, went to live with his grandmother after his parents died several years ago, she told the neighbours he was HIV-positive, hoping he would get some sympathy. Instead, the boy found himself ridiculed and alienated from his playmates.
KENYA: Grace*, "I finally found the courage to ask, 'Are you gay’?”'
30 December 2010 (PlusNews ), Grace is an attractive brunette working in Nairobi. Until recently, she was dating Will, a stylish 20-something Kenyan. She told IRIN/PlusNews how the relationship broke down, leaving her with fears about HIV.
KENYA: Walking 26km for a condom
2 December 2010 (PlusNews ), Correct and consistent condom use is one of the bedrocks of Kenya’s HIV/AIDS prevention programme but many people in rural areas have limited access to condoms.
KENYA: HIV prevention jeopardized by PM's call for arrest of gays
30 November 2010 (PlusNews ), Gay Kenyans will be driven further underground and away from HIV prevention, treatment and care services following a recent call by Prime Minister Raila Odinga for a nationwide crackdown on homosexuals, activists say.

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