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SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE: Condoms anytime, anywhere
PRINCIPE, 11 February 2008 (PlusNews) - Bars, restaurants and stores in the archipelago of São Tomé and Príncipe now have a new attraction: small brown wooden boxes containing 144 condoms each, placed in highly visible locations. Condoms have traditionally been distributed at healthcare centres, but under the government's new prevention campaign they are gradually becoming more accessible.
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GUINEA-BISSAU: Traditional beliefs hinder PMTCT
BISSAU, 28 January 2008 (PlusNews) - A pig, half a sack of rice, black corn and five litres of sugarcane brandy are the ingredients a traditional healer in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau uses to perform a ritual many believe will prevent a woman who has given birth from getting HIV.
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SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE: Something pretty because they are special
SAO TOME, 21 January 2008 (PlusNews) - Night falls early along the equator. When darkness creeps across the bay of Santa Ana and sets over the town of Sao Tome, the girls appear in twos or threes, or alone. They wait for clients behind the Farol bar and the Dolores disco, the hubs of evening buzz in the capital of the tiny archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe, which straddles the equator off the coast of Africa.
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BENIN: Efforts to reach pregnant mothers slowly paying off
COTONOU, 15 January 2008 (PlusNews) - Rosalie Salako, 38, a mother of three, meets every week with pregnant women from the district of Pobè, 120km east of Cotonou, the main coastal town in Benin, to encourage them to be tested for the HI virus.
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GUINEA-BISSAU: Testing without treatment: an island's dilemma
BUBAQUE, 20 December 2007 (PlusNews) - Saico Djau is a very frustrated laboratory technician and HIV counsellor. After testing people for HIV and informing them of their status there is nothing else he can do for them if they are HIV-positive, because there is no antiretroviral (ARV) treatment available on Guinea Bissau's Bijagos Islands.
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