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KENYA: HIV carries moral stigma - report
31 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Many Kenyans see HIV as a punishment for immoral behaviour, which tends to perpetuate stigma against people infected with the virus, according to a report by ActionAid International, an anti-poverty agency, and Women fighting AIDS in Kenya, a local NGO.
KENYA: Putting HIV-positive people at the centre of prevention
28 May 2010 (PlusNews ), People living with HIV must take their place at the forefront of HIV prevention efforts in Kenya if they are to be truly successful, senior government officials said at the launch of a set of national guidelines for rolling out "Prevention with Positives" in the capital, Nairobi.
KENYA: Counsellors face burnout as national testing drive presses on
21 May 2010 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government has won praise for a national door-to-door HIV testing drive that aims to test 80 percent of the population for HIV/AIDS by the end of 2010, but once-enthusiastic counsellors are beginning to show signs of burnout.
KENYA: Growing self-esteem at farm schools
19 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Rural Kenyans affected by the post-election violence in 2008 are among thousands of beneficiaries of a programme that aims to improve food security and incomes and reduce women's vulnerability to gender-based violence by teaching better farming techniques.
KENYA: Buckling under the financial strain of living with HIV
17 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Maria Obonyo walked 70km from her home to the nearest hospital in western Kenya's Bondo District to seek treatment for an uncomfortable rash but could not afford the US$2 for the ointment the doctor recommended.
KENYA: HPV infection heightens HIV risk in men
12 May 2010 (PlusNews ), The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could be a useful tool in HIV prevention, according to a study, which found that Kenyan men infected with HPV were more likely than uninfected men to contract the HI virus.
KENYA: Bisexual male sex workers run big risks
20 April 2010 (PlusNews ), At a nightclub in Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast, Tito Bakari* a local man, and Leonard Smithberger, a tourist, make out in a dark corner before the bouncer asks them to leave. Hand in hand they walk to another bar nearby, where they party through the night.
KENYA: Illegal refugees miss out on HIV services
8 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Salma* is HIV-positive and knows she needs life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs, but visiting a doctor could expose her illegal refugee status in Kenya and risk her being sent to a refugee camp, or worse, back to Somalia.
KENYA: "R U OK 2day?" SMS check-up takes off
1 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Phoebe Mapelu's job as a community health worker in Kenya's Kajiado District always meant going from door to door - sometimes with long distances between homes - to check up on patients on life-prolonging antiretroviral therapy.
EAST AFRICA: One region, one HIV law
31 March 2010 (PlusNews ), As the East African Community (EAC) becomes more integrated, countries in the region are developing a common HIV Prevention and Management Bill that will establish minimum standards for HIV services in the five states - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
KENYA: HIV funding begins at home
31 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Smarting from two consecutive Global Fund rejections and declining donor interest, the Kenyan government is considering ways to fund its own national treatment programme.
EAST AFRICA: The military as "agents for change"
30 March 2010 (PlusNews ), East African armies should be used as a resource to fight HIV/AIDS in the general population, a workshop on HIV/AIDS in the peace and security sectors heard in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
KENYA: TB clinics boost HIV testing for couples
24 March 2010 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government is using national tuberculosis screening programmes to persuade married couples - at high risk of HIV, according to research - to get tested for the virus.
KENYA: Gaps in HIV prevention for pregnant women
22 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Adhiambo*, 24, conscientiously followed her health worker's advice when she was pregnant with her third child. She attended antenatal visits, was tested for HIV and found negative, and delivered her baby at the local health centre.
KENYA: ARV woes push universal access off-track
18 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Nicodemus Manyala knows he is HIV-positive and needs life-prolonging antiretroviral therapy (ART) to remain healthy, but fear of treatment interruptions has made him reluctant to start on the drugs.
KENYA: The downside of door-to-door testing
17 March 2010 (PlusNews ), While the public response to Kenya's national HIV testing drive has been enormous, many women are not keen to be tested, knowing that a positive result could mean the breakdown of their marriages, loss of home and more.
KENYA: Hungry and HIV-positive in Nairobi's slums
10 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Violet Tinah, 40, a resident of Korogocho slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is living with HIV and was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis, but her biggest problem today is not disease - but hunger.
AFRICA: Tracking the male circumcision rollout
2 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Medical male circumcision is now widely recognized as an important HIV prevention tool, and several African countries have included it in their national HIV strategies.
KENYA: "Flash blood" puts drug users at risk of HIV
24 February 2010 (PlusNews ), Amina* and Rajab*, in their mid-twenties, spend most of their days getting high on heroin; when broke, Amina injects herself with Rajab's blood as soon as he has mainlined his heroin, for a second-hand hit.
KENYA: Condom conundrum puts prisoners at risk
16 February 2010 (PlusNews ), The Kenya Prisons Service has won praise for its HIV programmes, including education, testing and the provision of anti-retroviral drugs to prisoners, but specialists say unless the issue of unprotected sex is addressed, HIV transmission will continue unchecked.

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