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Lack of “lube” hurts HIV prevention

KATHMANDU, 21 February 2013 (PlusNews Global) - Safer-sex messaging on condoms is universal but the generally poor availability of lubricants, and awareness of them, is hindering HIV prevention, health activists warn. 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

HIV/AIDS: Low prevalence, high stigma in Bangladesh

DHAKA, 31 December 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Even though HIV prevalence in Bangladesh is as low as 0.1 percent of the 160 million population, experts fear that widespread discrimination towards people who test positive for HIV may leave infections unreported. full report

Briefing: Vietnam’s move away from detaining sex workers

HANOI, 20 December 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Sex workers in Vietnam are struggling to figure out their next steps after the government’s decision earlier this year to release them from compulsory detention centres that have been widely condemned for alleged human rights abuses. 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

How to: Map sexual networks

NEW YORK CITY, 30 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - With whom did you last have sex? When? Where? How? At crowded food stalls and in dimly lit bars, Kelvin Parker carries out what HIV researchers call “sexual networking mapping”. 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

SWAZILAND: HIV stigma still a barrier

MBABANE, 12 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Stigma against HIV-positive people is hobbling national efforts to encourage testing, and to get more people to access antiretrovirals (ARVs), according to findings from a stigma index compiled by Swazis living with HIV. full report

KENYA: Media still need training on HIV

NAIROBI, 1 November 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Scourge. Plague. Killer disease. All are terms still routinely used by Kenya's media to describe the HIV epidemic more than thirty years after it was first identified. Experts say the media needs to step up to promote a better understanding of the illness. full report
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