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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

UGANDA: Can "love wheel" stop infidelity in marriage?

KAMPALA, 9 February 2011 (PlusNews Global) - Spin the wheel and get a tip to spoil your better half; spend more time together or go out for a romantic evening: A new Ugandan HIV prevention programme hopes a "love wheel" will encourage couples to seek excitement within their own marriages rather than in the arms outsiders. full report

AFRICA: Getting men talking about condoms

JOHANNESBURG, 8 December 2010 (PlusNews Global) - “Why, if condoms are available, is AIDS still spreading in Africa?” asks Elkana Ong’esa, an elderly Kenyan man in the new documentary, Protection: Men and condoms in the time of HIV and AIDS. full report

TANZANIA: Women caught in crossfire of HIV battle

MKINGA, 18 August 2010 (PlusNews Global) - Regina Joseph was beaten up by a group of young men for "dressing indecently" on her way to the local market in northeastern Tanzania's Mkinga District. full report

KENYA: Muslim leaders champion HIV testing in marriage

MOMBASA, 2 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - Binti Omar waits anxiously for her HIV test in a tent erected as part of a testing drive being conducted by the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya in the coastal city of Mombasa; Omar is accompanied by her fiancé, Abubakar Ismael, and his two wives. full report

KENYA: Targeting men for HIV testing at World Cup games

NAIROBI, 1 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - James*, a 23-year-old football enthusiast in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has been playing a dangerous game during this year's FIFA World Cup; some nights at his local pub, he finds a girl cheering for a rival football team and makes a bet with her - if her team loses, she has sex with him. full report

TANZANIA: Party hearty, but beware of HIV

MKINGA, 16 June 2010 (PlusNews Global) - It is six o'clock in the evening in the village of Mabukweni, in northeastern Tanzania's Mkinga district, where Mbaruku*, 21, is looking forward to celebrating a friend's wedding at an all night party; he is sure he will meet a girl there to have sex with. full report

ETHIOPIA: Real-life drama

ADDIS ABABA, 12 March 2010 (PlusNews Global) - On stage in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mestihet Temane, 27, enacts the story of how, after the death of her parents, a young woman winds up alone on the streets with no money, no confidence and no support. full report

ETHIOPIA: Condom creations grace the catwalk

ADDIS ABABA, 9 February 2010 (PlusNews Global) - The whims of fashion collided with some of life's harsher realities when, during a recent fashion show in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, condoms were the fabric of choice on the catwalk. full report

INDONESIA: Condom drive sparks protests

JAKARTA, 21 December 2009 (PlusNews Global) - A campaign to encourage Indonesians to use condoms as part of national HIV/AIDS prevention efforts has drawn criticism from conservative Islamic groups, who say it promotes promiscuity. full report
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