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SOMALIA: Increased sexual violence raises HIV concerns
NAIROBI, 16 August 2007 (PlusNews) - Escalating violence in Somalia is increasing the incidence of sexual attacks against women and girls and heightening their risk of HIV infection, say humanitarian workers based in the region.
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SUDAN: ARV shortages slow treatment efforts in the south
YEI, 14 August 2007 (PlusNews) - The unavailability of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in southern Sudan is threatening thousands of lives and forcing many patients to travel to neighbouring Uganda in search of the medication.
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SUDAN-UGANDA: Programmes disregard HIV among the elderly
JUBA/HOIMA, 27 July 2007 (PlusNews) - Agnes Buya*, 66, lies in the infectious diseases ward of Juba Teaching Hospital in southern Sudan. Painfully thin, she has been suffering from tuberculosis for the last year. "I came to the hospital a few days ago; the family who were caring for me couldn't look after me anymore," she told IRIN/PlusNews. "As soon as I got here the doctor tested me for HIV and found me positive."
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SOMALIA: Mapping 'hot-spots' for a more effective AIDS response
NAIROBI, 20 July 2007 (PlusNews) - HIV prevalence in Somalia, now at 0.9 percent, is verging on being a generalised epidemic, but little is known about the factors that are driving it. In August, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will embark on a 'hot-spot mapping' exercise to enable partners in the HIV response to improve programmes for the populations most at risk.
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ETHIOPIA: 'Community conversations' opening up the AIDS discussion
ADDIS ABABA, 12 July 2007 (PlusNews) - A programme known as 'community conversations' (CC) is making traditionally conservative Ethiopians open up and face the realities of HIV, including the need to treat people affected by the pandemic with greater respect and acceptance.
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Lineo Makojoa, 15, cooks dinner at her home in Ha Majoro Village in Lesotho. Orphaned by HIV and Aids, she often cooks dinner for her grandparents and her older brother. Lineo Makojoa, 15, orphaned by AIDS, prepares dinner for her grandparents in Ha Majoro Village, Lesotho
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