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KENYA: The million man cut
17 November 2009 (PlusNews ), The Kenyan government is expanding services to meet the growing demand for voluntary medical male circumcision after the launch of a national campaign a year ago.
AFRICA: Trying to give sex workers safer alternatives
17 November 2009 (PlusNews ), A plan by Malawi to offer prostitutes low-interest loans to start small businesses in return for abandoning sex work is generating controversy in a country where women are disproportionately affected by high rates of poverty and HIV.
UGANDA: AIDS Commission takes new direction in prevention
16 November 2009 (PlusNews ), The Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) is revamping its national HIV information campaign after HIV prevention messages were less successful than hoped.
ZAMBIA: Orphans grow up without cultural identity
16 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Abigail Mwanashimba has been looking after her five siblings since the age of eight, when her parents died of AIDS-related illnesses. She is now 19 years old, and without relatives to represent her at her lobola (bride price) negotiations, she was forced to hire traditional counsellors to organise the process of marriage according to the tribal customs. They did a bad job.
ANGOLA: Esperança Mutamba, "I'm living this double life"
16 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Esperança Mutamba (not her real name), who has been living with the virus for 10 years and works as HIV/AIDS counsellor in the Angolan capital, Luanda, is still not ready to publicly disclose her HIV status.
GLOBAL: Global Fund approves $2.4 billion in new grants
13 November 2009 (PlusNews ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved US$2.4 billion in its ninth round of grants, bringing the total amount of approved funding since its inception in 2001 to $18.4 billion.
GLOBAL: Mismatch between HIV spending and need
12 November 2009 (PlusNews ), The global economic crisis may have the positive spinoff of forcing countries to allocate increasingly scare HIV/AIDS resources more efficiently.
LESOTHO: Mokete Tsehlo, "I don't take [antiretroviral] drugs because I am moving around with the sheep"
12 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Mokete Tsehlo, 26, a shepherd working in the Berea district in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, told IRIN/PlusNews how his nomadic lifestyle contributed to his HIV-positive diagnosis.
GLOBAL: Disabled should claim rights in UN convention
12 November 2009 (PlusNews ), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) should be used as a tool to improve access to HIV services for disabled people, who are often marginalized in national HIV policies, says a new report.
BOTSWANA: What's driving HIV in Selebi-Phikwe?
12 November 2009 (PlusNews ), In most respects, there is nothing remarkable about Selebi-Phikwe, a mining town in northeastern Botswana with a population of about 50,000. The central business district is a sun-baked main street with a few shops and a taxi rank; the copper and nickel mine on its outskirts is the main source of employment.
GLOBAL: Falling foul of the fund
11 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Programmes supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria reported 2.3 million people on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in June 2009. Funding to beneficiary countries is based on performance, and failure to meet targets can lead to delays, suspension, discontinuation or termination of grants.
SOUTH AFRICA: Battle won for HIV-positive soldiers
11 November 2009 (PlusNews ), The South African cabinet has approved a new policy prohibiting discrimination against soldiers and would-be recruits on the basis of their HIV status.
AFRICA: Older people need help to raise the next generation
11 November 2009 (PlusNews ), When the working members of a household die from HIV-related illnesses in northern Tanzania, older dependants have to work longer hours to cope financially, according to recently published World Bank study.
ZIMBABWE: No home to go to
11 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Tendai Javangwe (not his real name) is 16 years old but looks half his age; he was born HIV-positive and has been staying at a home run by Mashambanzou Care Trust, a community care and support organisation.
KENYA: More education needed on emergency contraception
10 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Three years after the Kenyan government began to promote emergency contraception as part of its family planning strategy, the “morning-after pill” remains as controversial as ever: critics argue that unless the public is better educated about its purpose, it risks undermining the messages of abstinence and protected sex, putting impressionable young people at risk of HIV.
SOUTH AFRICA: TV ad delivers silent HIV message
10 November 2009 (PlusNews ), A television advertisement that will air in South Africa in November aims to reach deaf people with vital information about how to protect themselves from HIV, while giving hearing South Africans a brief experience of a world without sound.
KENYA: Government protests Global Fund rejection
10 November 2009 (PlusNews ), Kenyan officials are protesting as 'unfair' a recommendation by the technical review panel of the Global Fund to reject the country's bid for Round Nine funding.
KENYA: New survey to inform HIV programming for MSM
9 November 2009 (PlusNews ), A planned national survey of men who have sex with men (MSM) will be the first step in the government's plan to incorporate this high-risk group into the country's HIV programme, a senior government official has said.
ZAMBIA: New infections on the rise
9 November 2009 (PlusNews ), An estimated 82,700 Zambians will become newly infected with HIV in 2009, up from just over 70,000 in 2007, according to new figures from the National AIDS Council.
BOTSWANA: A risky combination of alcohol and sex
5 November 2009 (PlusNews ), On a recent Wednesday evening, Gillian Otsile, a volunteer at a local NGO, Men Sex and AIDS, approached a group of young men drinking cartons of traditional sorghum beer at a tavern in Selebi-Phikwe, a mining town in northeastern Botswana.

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