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KENYA: Insensitive health workers drive pregnant HIV-positive women away
15 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Lillian Awiti*, 19, from Kisumu, on Lake Victoria in western Kenya, began her pregnancy optimistically, but soon stopped going for antenatal check-ups after a nurse at her local clinic insulted her.
GLOBAL: HIV, the silent partner in emergencies
10 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Food aid and plastic sheeting are the hallmarks of every disaster, but not always condoms and antiretrovirals, even though humanitarian agencies recognize the link between emergencies and the increased risk of HIV and AIDS.
GLOBAL: Earlier ARV treatment saves lives
10 June 2009 (PlusNews ), Findings from a clinical trial in Haiti bring the first conclusive evidence that HIV-positive people in developing countries have a significantly better chance of survival if they start antiretroviral (ARV) treatment earlier.
GLOBAL: Basic healthcare crucial to beating HIV, study
27 May 2009 (PlusNews ), Providing HIV prevention, care and treatment services at well-equipped local clinics could be the key to success in fighting the pandemic in the developing world, a new report by the international anti-poverty NGO, ActionAid, has said.
KENYA: Domestic workers often do more than housework
26 May 2009 (PlusNews ), When Nora Adhiambo, 21, started working as a housekeeper for a family in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, she expected to cook, clean and look after their young children; not that she would have to regularly have sex with her employer.
KENYA: North-Eastern province at higher HV risk
19 May 2009 (PlusNews ), In 2002, one bus per day connected Garissa, in Kenya's North-Eastern Province, with the capital, Nairobi, and not a single case of HIV had been reported in the region.
KENYA: Keeping up appearances can cost babies their lives
4 May 2009 (PlusNews ), "I knew the danger I was putting my child through but I did not want to arouse any suspicion and I complied with my husband and his mother's demands," said HIV-positive Eunice Omulo, 33, who lives in Maseno, western Kenya. Against the advice of the hospital, she bowed to family pressure to give her baby solid food at just three months of age.
GLOBAL: Economic downturn puts treatment of millions at risk
29 April 2009 (PlusNews ), After months of speculation about how the global economic downturn might affect HIV/AIDS programmes, a new World Bank report details the projected aftermath of the crisis and how it could place the treatment of more than 1.7 million at risk by year's end.
KENYA: One million testing target for youth campaign
22 April 2009 (PlusNews ), At a recent concert in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, young men in baggy jeans and fashionably dressed young women danced and sang along with the popular local artists on stage.
GLOBAL: Real men don’t cry – or do they?
20 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Men don't cry. Men take risks. Men don't ask for help. Men are strong. Men have many sexual partners. These stereotypes of masculinity are contributing to the spread of HIV throughout the world, experts warned at a recent symposium on men and boys.
KENYA: You don't have to be a sex worker or bandit
17 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Much of Kenya is experiencing severe food shortages. Now a new programme is helping women forced into sex work by drought, poverty and conflict to get off the streets and pursue less risky occupations.
KENYA: Watchmen and sex workers unite
15 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Over the course of the long nights Richard Omwenga* spends guarding a building in Kenya's port city of Mombasa, a series of young women accompanied by men duck into the alley next to the building. While Omwenga keeps watch, they have sex and then walk away, usually in different directions.
KENYA: When words hurt - university students get lessons in sensitivity
7 April 2009 (PlusNews ), Young people have always been adept at creating witty ways to describe everyday life, but the language they use can be hurtful to people living with HIV; western Kenya's Maseno University is now helping its students to stop using insensitive, stigmatizing language.
KENYA: New centre brings HIV services to truckers
30 March 2009 (PlusNews ), "Every trucker should know how to change a tyre and put on a condom," said Anisa Abdalla, a doctor in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, at the opening of a new "roadside wellness centre" offering HIV services to truck drivers and other transport workers.
KENYA: From the classroom to the bedroom
27 March 2009 (PlusNews ), For the past year, Karen Awuor*, 15, has had a new daily ritual– taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. She discovered she was HIV positive during an unintended pregnancy that forced her to drop out of school; her baby died after just four months.
GLOBAL: Prevention the best medicine for TB
26 March 2009 (PlusNews ), Findings from an ongoing South African study into preventative tuberculosis (TB) therapy suggest that prevention really may be the best medicine.
GLOBAL: TB and HIV co-infection crisis a bigger threat
24 March 2009 (PlusNews ), One in four tuberculosis (TB) deaths in the world is HIV-related, twice as many as previously thought, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
KENYA: Corruption, erratic drug supply threatens TB treatment
24 March 2009 (PlusNews ), The last time Daniel Okado*, a tuberculosis (TB) patient, went to his local health centre in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, for his regular supply of medicine, he found the clinic had run out.
KENYA: Dancing with death
18 March 2009 (PlusNews ), The music blaring through Nyahera village in Kenya's southwestern Nyanza Province comes from two large speakers strategically placed at Mzee Dishon Onyango's home. Youths, some as young as 12, gyrate to the beats of their favourite music and consume a local illicit brew; others smoke bhang [marijuana] with abandon.
KENYA: Female condom shortage
9 March 2009 (PlusNews ), A shortage of free female condoms in public hospitals in Kenya's Coast Province is compromising the ability of women to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

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