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Condom use not catching on among youth

Bangkok, 19 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - In spite of massive spending on efforts to counter HIV/AIDS, experts warn that many young Thais are still having unsafe sex. full report

ZAMBIA: Government fails to break the street kid addiction

Lusaka, 12 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - A pilot project to rehabilitate thousands of children living on the streets of the Zambian capital of Lusaka is failing because government is excluding civil society from the programme, civic leaders are claiming. full report

BURKINA FASO: Young, positive and sexually active

Bobo-Dioulasso/Ouagadougou, 5 June 2008 (PlusNews Global) - That teenagers, and even pre-teens, become sexually active is usually kept under the blanket, especially in conservative societies, but when these young people are HIV positive the issue becomes even harder to acknowledge, and has been largely ignored. full report

KENYA: Boy's suicide reveals gaps in HIV education

GARISSA, 28 May 2008 (PlusNews Global) - The recent suicide of a secondary school student in Kenya's North Eastern Province after he was diagnosed as HIV positive has highlighted the shortage of qualified counsellors in the region, and the urgent need to address the misinformation and stigma attached to the virus. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: High food prices cripple orphan feeding programmes

Johannesburg, 15 May 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Elizabeth Kineelwe, the cook at a drop-in centre that provides meals and support to orphans and impoverished families in Soweto, Johannesburg's largest township, is on the frontlines of a nationwide struggle to cope with rising food prices. Lately, she has been cooking a lot of cabbage soup. full report

KENYA: When there's no excuse not to use a condom

Nairobi, 15 April 2008 (PlusNews Global) - When the music's pumping, drinks are flowing and hormones are raging, condoms don't often spring to mind, until it's too late. By then, the shops are closed and a packet of three is hard to come by. full report

UGANDA: The cost of keeping children from knowing their HIV status

Kampala, 8 April 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Throughout his childhood, Gordon Turibamwe, 20, was sickly, suffering from frequent bouts of malaria and chest infections, but his father only told him he was HIV-positive when he was aged 16, something Gordon says caused him serious trauma. full report

ZIMBABWE: NGOs struggle to feed the hungry

Harare, 5 March 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Njabulo Sibanda, 15, who lives in Highfield, a low-income suburb in southwestern Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, is one of the more than one million children in the country orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. full report

CHAD: Young people desperately seeking sex education

N'DJAMENA, 28 February 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Some of the young people who seek help at the Youth Information and Orientation Centre for Reproductive Health (CIOJ) in N'Djamena, capital of Chad, do not understand how they became pregnant or contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Workers at the centre blame the high levels of ignorance on the failure of parents to talk to their children about sex. full report

SOUTH AFRICA: Risky sex on drugs a challenge for HIV prevention

Johannesburg, 30 November 2007 (PlusNews Global) - South Africa's status as the country with the highest number of HIV infections in the world is well known; its rapidly emerging roles as a major transit route for trafficking illegal drugs and the leading consumer in the region is less well documented. full report
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