Urban Risk

Study finds high acceptability, challenges with PrEP use

NAIROBI, 31 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - Among populations at high risk of HIV, there is a high acceptance of pre-exposure prophylaxis - antiretroviral drugs used by HIV-negative people to reduce the risk of their acquiring HIV - a new Kenyan study has found. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Dealing with sexual abuse in prison

CAPE TOWN, 5 October 2012 (PlusNews Global) - “Here is the mess,” the warder said when he shoved Michael Adams* into an overcrowded cell in Allandale Prison, near South Africa’s Cape Town, 10 years ago. That first night, Adams was raped by two men, and he was repeatedly assaulted during much of his time behind bars. full report

HIV/AIDS: Criminalization of drug use fuelling HIV

NAIROBI, 27 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The war against drugs is hurting the fight against HIV, according to a new report by the Global Commission on Drug policy, an international panel that advocates science-based strategies to reduce the harm caused by drugs. full report

KENYA: Needles to be distributed to injecting drug users

MOMBASA, 7 June 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The Kenyan government will begin distributing free syringes and needles to more than 50,000 injecting drug users across the country in the next month. Policy-makers and experts said the decision was reached following concerns over the spread of HIV and other blood-borne illnesses through injection drug use. full report

UGANDA: Inadequate healthcare and rising HIV prevalence in Karamoja

MOROTO, 30 April 2012 (PlusNews Global) - The nomadic Karimojong ethnic group, once regarded as a low-risk HIV population because regional instability in northeastern Uganda and strong adherence to their culture kept them relatively isolated, have not been a priority on the country's HIV agenda, but recent statistics show prevalence among this community is now 5.8 percent, up from 3.5 percent five years ago. full report

KENYA: Many sex workers are married, new report reveals

NAIROBI, 27 March 2012 (PlusNews Global) - A new survey of commercial sex work in Kenya, the first to include male sex workers, has revealed that 40 percent of female and male commercial sex workers are in marriages or stable unions. full report

RWANDA: 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
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