Urban Risk

Criminalization of sex work hinders HIV prevention efforts

KIGALI, 17 November 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Sex workers in Rwanda say the criminalization of their activities, combined with their general isolation from society, means they are often excluded from HIV prevention, treatment and care opportunities. full report

KENYA: Sexual violence still a major urban threat

NAIROBI, 26 October 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Reports of gender-based violence are on the rise in Kenya's cities, and experts say the police must improve their handling of cases of sexual assault to build public trust in the security and justice systems. full report

RWANDA: Parents, teachers divided over condom initiative

KIGALI, 24 October 2011 (PlusNews Global) - A proposed initiative to distribute condoms to Rwandan secondary school students has divided parents, teachers and other members of society, with some cheering the plan and others concerned that teens are not mature enough to use condoms responsibly. full report

ASIA: 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
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