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Pregnant women still struggle to prevent HIV

Mbabane, 17 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Larger numbers of pregnant women living with HIV in Swaziland can now access services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, but activists and health officials say more emphasis should have been placed on quality rather than quantity. full report

MOZAMBIQUE: Attitudes to HIV are changing in jail

CHIMOIO, 11 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Sex between prison inmates is a reality at Manica Provincial Prison, in central Mozambique, but because same-sex relations are taboo, and conjugal visits are not allowed, many HIV-positive inmates say they were infected before they were sent to the largest prison in Manica Province. full report

KENYA: Post-violence sex work boom

Mombasa, 9 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Like thousands of other Kenyans, Susan Wairimu, 17, was displaced from her home in the Rift Valley Province's Molo district during the violence that followed a disputed presidential election in December 2007 and sought shelter in the nearby town of Nakuru. full report

ISRAEL: More awareness needed as HIV infection rises

Tel Aviv, 7 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - HIV may be a relatively small problem in Israel, but the soaring rate of new infections among vulnerable populations has forced health officials to take action. full report

RWANDA: Military to lead the way in male circumcision

Kigali, 3 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - The soldiers in the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will be the first men to benefit from a government policy to use male circumcision as a tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS, according to senior health officials. full report

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Understanding infidelity

cape town, 5 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - "Multiple, concurrent partnerships" has become the latest catchphrase in the HIV/AIDS lexicon. It refers to the practice of having more than one sexual partner at the same time, which experts say is a key driver of Southern Africa's devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: HIV a factor behind obesity?

Cape Town, 4 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - While public health experts in South Africa spent much of the last decade focusing on controlling infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and eradicating malnutrition, the growth of another public health crisis has gone almost unnoticed. full report

SWAZILAND: Tackling low condom use dramatically

Manzini, 20 May 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Why are condoms so unpopular? This question has baffled and discouraged health experts for a decade, but in Swaziland the mystery of why men and women refuse to use condoms is slowly being unravelled by a project that is getting Swazi men to open up about their condom use, or lack thereof. full report

INDONESIA: Because you're worth it - HIV and the hairdressers

jakarta, 16 April 2008 (PlusNews Global) - A visit to the barber’s shop or hairdressing salon in Indonesia could entail far more than a shave or a trim - a lesson in HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it. full report

KENYA: When there's no excuse not to use a condom

Nairobi, 15 April 2008 (PlusNews Global) - When the music's pumping, drinks are flowing and hormones are raging, condoms don't often spring to mind, until it's too late. By then, the shops are closed and a packet of three is hard to come by. full report
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