Urban Risk

HIV response at a crossroads

NAIROBI, 26 August 2011 (PlusNews Global) - The Asia-Pacific region is at a critical point in its HIV response, states a UNAIDS report that shows a mix of successes and challenges over the past decade. full report

THAILAND: Cultural mainstreaming leaves MSM at high HIV risk

BANGKOK, 30 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Gay rights activists in Thailand say a unique combination of muted discrimination and cultural mainstreaming of the gay and transgender community is to blame for a dangerous lack of knowledge about HIV among gay and transgender persons, especially the youth. full report

AFRICA: New light shed on male sex work

JOHANNESBURG, 20 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Commercial sex work, dominated by a focus on women, could be redefined as new research launched today in Nairobi, Kenya, sheds light on the complicated HIV prevention needs of what may be Africa’s most deeply underground group at high risk of HIV - male sex workers. full report

ETHIOPIA: Five-year project to benefit OVC

ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Kokobe Abate is a widow struggling to raise her daughter Almaz in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The death of her husband hit the family hard, but he had given up on life long before he died. full report

HIV/AIDS: Young people at highest risk of HIV infection

JOHANNESBURG, 2 June 2011 (PlusNews Global) - That young people are particularly vulnerable to HIV and AIDS is well established, but a new report reveals for the first time new data on HIV prevalence in this group, which accounts for almost half of new adult infections globally. full report

BURUNDI: Religious leaders' resistance to condoms hurts HIV fight

BUJUMBURA, 26 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Asha* is in a polygamous marriage, and while she would like to protect herself from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, the message from the preachers at her local mosque in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, is that condoms promote adultery. full report

RWANDA: Trial of microbicide ring in final phase

KIGALI, 23 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Rwanda is in the third and final phase of testing a vaginal ring containing antiretrovirals, which, if successful, could provide an important female-controlled method of HIV prevention. full report

UGANDA: MP to persevere with anti-homosexuality bill

KAMPALA, 17 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and HIV Prevention and Control Bill are likely to be carried over to the new session of parliament, despite international and local pressure. full report

UGANDA: Sex workers pay the price for HIV prevention gaps

KAMPALA, 9 May 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda is short on data on HIV among the country's sex workers, but a new study shows that in the capital, Kampala, HIV prevalence among female sex workers could be more than four times the city's average prevalence. full report

KENYA: Fight against child sex tourism needs a boost

MOMBASA, 28 April 2011 (PlusNews Global) - When police in Kenya's coastal tourist city of Mombasa conduct night raids, it is not unusual for a large number of sex workers arrested to be under 18. full report
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