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KENYA: Kicking HIV out of Nairobi's slums
8 September 2010 (PlusNews ), On a dusty football field in Mathare, one of the largest slums in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, young boys chase a rough, home-made ball. Their coach, Elias Mwangi, 21, a former drug addict, hopes football will not only keep the boys away from crime but motivate them to avoid behaviours that put them at risk of HIV.
KENYA: Nomadic communities struggle to access PMTCT
7 September 2010 (PlusNews ), Nomadic Kenyan women who test positive for HIV but live in remote areas far from the nearest health facility are missing out on the opportunity to prevent their children from becoming infected with the virus.
KENYA: Camel clinics bring condoms to nomads
31 August 2010 (PlusNews ), In the remote and rural district of Samburu, northern Kenya, where paved roads are scarce and motorised transport hard to come by, reaching the mostly pastoralist and nomadic inhabitants with HIV/AIDS services requires an unusual approach.
KENYA: Government changes tack on HIV prevention, treatment for drug users
24 August 2010 (PlusNews ), Intravenous drug users have been largely ignored by the government's HIV programmes on the basis that drug-taking is illegal, but a new policy is being drafted with the aim of reducing HIV transmission among this high-risk group.
KENYA: TB patients held in police cells for defaulting on treatment
24 August 2010 (PlusNews ), Kenyan government officials have defended the arrest and incarceration of two men infected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, who failed to adhere to their treatment.
KENYA: TB patients with HIV miss out on ARVs
20 August 2010 (PlusNews ), Only a third of Kenyans infected with tuberculosis and HIV are receiving treatment for both conditions, despite the latest World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommending that anti-retrovirals be taken soon after TB treatment begins.
KENYA: Clampdown on bogus herbalists
17 August 2010 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government is drafting new regulations to stop fraudulent herbalists claiming to be able to treat diseases, including HIV, from practising.
KENYA: Traditionalists resist the call for a cleaner cut
12 August 2010 (PlusNews ), For thousands of young men in western Kenya and eastern Uganda, the month of August heralds the season during which they pass from childhood to manhood through the traditional ritual of circumcision.
KENYA: HIV prevention for sex workers by sex workers
11 August 2010 (PlusNews ), By night, Viviane Muasi, 25, is a sex worker in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, but when not canvassing for clients, she spends much of her time convincing other sex workers to test for HIV and use condoms.
KENYA: Support groups boosting PMTCT uptake
4 August 2010 (PlusNews ), When Esther and Chrispus Ireri from the remote village of Kamwimbi in Kenya's Eastern district of Mbeere lost all three children in quick succession, they had no idea it because of HIV infections.
KENYA: Ill-equipped for election-related sexual violence
3 August 2010 (PlusNews ), On the eve of the referendum on the constitution that has divided Kenya, health workers fear they are not equipped to deal with a possible resurgence of the sexual violence that followed the December 2007 election.
KENYA: Government takes first steps to roll out less toxic ARVs
27 July 2010 (PlusNews ), HIV-positive people on treatment will be switched from regimens containing the antiretroviral Stavudine to less toxic combinations in line with UN World Health Organization guidelines, according to a senior official.
EDUCATION: MTV drama brings cool to HIV prevention
21 July 2010 (PlusNews ), It's a story of sexy young guys and girls having a good time in the big city, of friendships pushed to the edge, and families struggling to survive, but underneath all the drama, MTV's "Shuga" is a story about HIV.
KENYA: Muslim leaders champion HIV testing in marriage
2 July 2010 (PlusNews ), Binti Omar waits anxiously for her HIV test in a tent erected as part of a testing drive being conducted by the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya in the coastal city of Mombasa; Omar is accompanied by her fiancé, Abubakar Ismael, and his two wives.
KENYA: Targeting men for HIV testing at World Cup games
1 July 2010 (PlusNews ), James*, a 23-year-old football enthusiast in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been playing a dangerous game during this year's FIFA World Cup; some nights at his local pub, he finds a girl cheering for a rival football team and makes a bet with her - if her team loses, she has sex with him.
AFRICA: Mother knows best
15 June 2010 (PlusNews ), One after the other, the women entered the doctor’s office full of hope and expectation and left with a sense of doom: their pregnancies were confirmed but so was their HIV status – positive. To them it sounded like a death sentence, for themselves and their unborn babies.
KENYA: "What would happen if my penis refused to heal?" Why men refuse circumcision
15 June 2010 (PlusNews ), The government of Kenya is running an ambitious programme that aims to have 80 percent of all uncircumcised men - an estimated 1.1 million - circumcised by 2013. Most uncircumcised men live in the western province of Nyanza, where so far more than 100,000 have had the procedure, and the drive is seen as hugely successful.
KENYA: For the first time, money for ARVs
14 June 2010 (PlusNews ), Kenya has set aside an unprecedented 900 million shillings (US$11.25 million) for the first time in its annual budget to purchase life-prolonging antiretroviral medication; AIDS activists have welcomed the move but say more needs to be invested.
EAST AFRICA: Pregnancy and HIV vaccine trials
14 June 2010 (PlusNews ), Unintended pregnancies during East African clinical trials of an HIV vaccine are proving problematic. "One or two women dropping out of a study of 40 people makes a big difference to the data," said Prof Omu Anzala, programme director of the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
KENYA-SOMALIA: Halima*, "You find out very quickly who your friends are"
10 June 2010 (PlusNews ), In Somalia's conservative Muslim society it is extremely rare for someone living with HIV to speak out about their status, and even more so for a woman. But Halima*, a Somali refugee in Kenya and a mother of four in her fifties, told IRIN her story, which is also part of a recent IRIN Radio Somali programme.

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