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The female condom - you've got to sell it right

Vienna, 23 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - I'm so used to, and bored by, the bland white packaging that carries the underused female condom that at this year’s International AIDS Conference, I walked past several press releases and demonstrations of it without much interest. So it was with some surprise that I came upon a stand at the Global Village where a young woman was demonstrating the use of not one, but two versions of the female condom I had never seen before. full report

Blog: Bursting my AIDS 2010 bubble

Vienna, 22 July 2010 (PlusNews Global) - This is my second International AIDS Conference and now I know for sure, Mexico wasn’t a fluke – I really do love these gatherings. I love the passion of the speakers, the excitement the boffins create around their new research and the “let’s all get behind this” spirit the activists bring. full report

Blog: The marginalization of lubricant

JOHANNESBURG, 13 February 2009 (PlusNews Global) - On Valentines Day, happy couples all over the world will be cozying up, dimming the lights and turning on Marvin Gaye - much to the chagrin of their single counterparts everywhere. But what if - when the moment is just right - the unthinkable happens? full report

Blog: Where does married love fit into Uganda's prevention plan?

Nairobi, 5 February 2009 (PlusNews Global) - This July, I will exchange marriage vows with the man I hope to live with for the rest of my life, surrounded by family and friends; it's bound to be one of the happiest days of my life. full report

Blog: It's always wise to condomise

Nairobi, 21 August 2008 (PlusNews Global) - During a recent trip to report on a pilot male circumcision programme in Kisumu, a part of Kenya where male circumcision is not traditionally practiced, I was allowed to sit in on a pre-op counselling session. full report

Blog: Stiletto heels and sewing machines

Mexico City, 8 August 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Female sex workers have emerged from the shadows at this year's AIDS conference in Mexico, strutting their stuff loudly and proudly, demanding consultation in HIV policy, and refusing to be labelled victims. full report

Blog: Humanitarian work - it's the new black

Mexico City, 6 August 2008 (PlusNews Global) - Stop me if you’ve heard this one: At an open-air concert somewhere, Bono is called to the stage to speak to the crowd. full report

Blog: Sexing up safer sex

Mexico City, 5 August 2008 (PlusNews Global) - It's a truth universally acknowledged that sex sells. But safer sex? full report

Blog: The last taboo?

JOHANNESBURG, 31 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - When is a particular practice cultural and when is it just something that people have got used to? full report

Blog: Politics, prevention and party dresses

Johannesburg, 31 July 2008 (PlusNews Global) - The 1980s pop icon Pat Benatar once said, “Love is a battleground.” If you’re a woman, so is your wardrobe. full report
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