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CAMEROON: Stigma helps charlatans selling AIDS cures to flourish

YAOUNDE, 29 August (PLUSNEWS) - Many Cameroonians view HIV/AIDS as a shameful disease. Reluctant to disclose or accept their HIV positive status, they consult charlatans claiming to cure the disease, who not only fail but often worsen their clients' health by encouraging them to interrupt ARV treatment, causing them to develop resistance to future ARV medications. Christy's belief in miracle cures almost cost her her life. Full report

CAMEROON: Campaign launched to counter 'breast ironing'

YAOUNDE, 28 June (PLUSNEWS) - Activists in Cameroon have begun breaking the silence about 'breast ironing', widely used to protect young women from being noticed by men. Full report

CAMEROON: "Aunties" teach pregnant teenagers to prevent HIV/AIDS and STIs

YAOUNDE, 13 March (PLUSNEWS) - Teenage pregnancy is a growing concern in Cameroon, where young people make up most of the 5.5 percent of the population living with HIV, according to the National Network of the Associations of Aunties (Réseau national des associations de tantines - RENATA). Full report

CAMEROON: Kribi, a small paradise for tourists and AIDS

KRIBI, 3 March (PLUSNEWS) - The inhabitants of Kribi, a well-known sea resort on the Gulf of Guinea, were hoping that an oil terminal linking Chad to Cameroon would solve all their problems of unemployment, poverty and isolation. But three years after construction began, little has changed. Full report

CAMEROON: Tuberculosis and AIDS soaring in prisons

EDEA, 23 February (PLUSNEWS) - Victor N. no longer has the strength to get up from his straw mattress; he is battling tuberculosis, which has struck for a second time in some months. One of his cellmates in Edea prison near Douala is in the same state - too weary even to fight the bedbugs lacing the thin cushion on which he rests. Full report

CAMEROON: FHI ends clinical trial of ARV drug Tenofovir

DAKAR, 10 August (PLUSNEWS) - A US-based research organisation has announced that it will end the controversial testing of the anti-AIDS drug, Tenofovir, on sex workers in Cameroon. Full report

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CAMEROON: Imprisoned homosexuals face high HIV risk

YAOUNDE, 5 October (PLUSNEWS - DFID) - Ten days after completing a one-year prison sentence for homosexuality during which he was raped and abused, Alim died from an AIDS-related illness at the Central Hospital in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. Full report

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