Gender Issues

Condoms needed in PNG prisons

BANGKOK, 14 March 2013 (PlusNews Global) - A Papua New Guinea (PNG) study released today calls for condoms to be made more widely available in prisons. full report

Cervical cancer a major threat to HIV-positive women

HARARE, 8 February 2013 (PlusNews Global) - HIV-positive women are living longer, but are now dying of cervical cancer. In Zimbabwe, cervical cancer is now the most common cancer among women, particularly those living with HIV. Activists are urging the government to step up efforts to prevent deaths related to the disease, accusing it of paying lip service to the problem. full report

Ugandan HIV campaign targets "cheaters"

KAMPALA, 23 January 2013 (PlusNews Global) - A new Ugandan HIV-prevention campaign that frankly addresses sexual infidelity is generating heated debate over the direction the country's HIV strategy should take. full report

Bringing HIV/AIDS out into the open in Liberia

MONROVIA, 22 January 2013 (PlusNews Global) - Stigma, discrimination and difficulty in reaching health clinics has led over half of new HIV cases in Liberia to go untreated, says the National AIDS Control Programme of Liberia, which calls the situation “alarming”. full report

KENYA: Integration of PMTCT and maternal and child health gets results

NAIROBI/NDHIWA, 19 December 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Health programmes integrating services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV into regular maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) clinics, rather than operating PMTCT services as stand-along programmes, are showing positive results in Kenya, experts say. full report

HIV/AIDS: New WHO guidelines urge decriminalization of sex work

NAIROBI, 18 December 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines - titled 'Prevention and Treatment of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections for Sex Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries' - recommending, among other things, that countries should work towards decriminalizing sex work. full report

HIV/AIDS: The female condom showdown

JOHANNESBURG, 30 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Introduced more than 15 years ago, the female condom has gotten a bad rap, with some comparing it to having sex with a plastic bag, while many others still don't know about the only female-controlled HIV prevention method available. full report

UGANDA: Sex workers missing out on HIV care

KAMPALA, 14 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Sex workers in Uganda's capital, Kampala, are reluctant to seek HIV testing and treatment services, putting their health in jeopardy, preliminary results of a new study reveal. full report

UGANDA: Anti-gay bill could be passed before Christmas

KAMPALA, 13 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Uganda's parliament will, before Christmas, pass a highly controversial bill which seeks more stringent punishments for people engaging in homosexual acts and those perceived to be "promoting" homosexuality, says the speaker of the house. full report

KENYA: Push to meet 2013 male circumcision targets

KISUMU, 6 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - With just over one year left to achieve its target of having some 1.1 million men circumcised as part of HIV-prevention efforts, Kenyan male circumcision programmes are ramping up efforts to bring more men into clinics, compensating them for their time and encouraging them to bring friends in for the procedure. full report
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