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Kenya Rolls Out HIV Intervention Measure

Kenya Rolls Out HIV Intervention Measure

Kenyans who are at a substantial ongoing risk of contracting HIV will for the first time in history be placed on antiretroviral medication, as the government moves to reduce the country’s HIV transmission rate. The Head of the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) Martin Sirengo says the new HIV intervention measure will be […]

Gambian HIV Patients Recount Herbal Treatment Under Yahya Jammeh

Gambian HIV Patients Recount Herbal Treatment Under Yahya Jammeh

Former president Yahya Jammeh claimed he could cure people suffering from HIV and AIDS. Jammeh treated hundreds of patients in Gambian clinics, administering herbal remedies. Now that he has left power, many are still sick and telling their stories.

The Condom Divide in Sudan

The Condom Divide in Sudan

Islamists and secularists are virtually at war in Sudan over a recent newspaper article on the condom usage and the concept of the faithfulness among couples. And the author of the article, Ms Shamail Alnour, is in deep trouble. Radical Islamists, led by cleric Mohamed Ali Al-Gizoli, want her charged with apostasy. The crime is […]

When Did AIDS Disappear From Tanzanian Radar?

When Did AIDS Disappear From Tanzanian Radar?

Have you noticed these days not much is seen on TV, heard on radio or talked about in public regarding the AIDS epidemic? Maybe it is no longer a major economic and social problem but it has certainly disappeared from the radar. And you know every time you hear of a plane that disappeared from […]

Five HIV patients left ‘virus-free’ with no need for daily drugs in early vaccine trials

Five HIV patients left ‘virus-free’ with no need for daily drugs in early vaccine trials

A new vaccine-based treatment for HIV has succeeded in suppressing the virus in five patients, raising hopes further research could help prevent Aids without the need for daily drugs. Researchers combined two innovative HIV vaccines with a drug usually used to treat cancer in the trial, conducted over three years at the IrsiCaixa Aids Research […]

Over 100 Million Condoms Distributed in 2016 – Is Zimbabwe The Hub of Safe Sex?

Over 100 Million Condoms Distributed in 2016 – Is Zimbabwe The Hub of Safe Sex?

OVER 100 million condoms were distributed in 2016 up from 80 million in 2014 during the same period, the ministry of health has said. Information from the ministry says 109. 5 were used last year. According to the ministry, 105 million male and 4.5 million female condoms were distributed, with the female condom uptake remaining […]

South Africa’s Plan to Tackle HIV Among Sex Workers

South Africa’s Plan to Tackle HIV Among Sex Workers

In the shadow of an underpass, wearing a black bob wig, Tlaleng paces along her patch of Nugget Street, scanning the downtown Johannesburg traffic. Behind her, other women lead clients behind the crumbling walls of a gutted building in the brisk morning light. But Tlaleng, a boiled egg in one palm, is distracted, her eyes […]

Egyptian Women With HIV Hide From Social Stigma in Silence

Egyptian Women With HIV Hide From Social Stigma in Silence

Nearly five years ago, when Safaa* was 26 and a mother of two, she discovered that she had HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) – a disease which destroys the immune system of its host. To her, this was worse than a death sentence – it would force her to keep her medical history secret from even […]

‘I Want HIV Positive Partner’ says Nzila Kafwimbi of Kitwe

‘I Want HIV Positive Partner’ says Nzila Kafwimbi of Kitwe

“I would like to get married to someone who is also HIV-positive like me because it will be easier for both us to understand each other.” These are the words of 38-year-old Nzila Kafwimbi of Kitwe, who has been living with HIV for about 10 years now. A divorcee and mother of a 10-year-old son […]

Gay rights groups brave abuse, violence to fight HIV in Cameroon

Gay rights groups brave abuse, violence to fight HIV in Cameroon

Sitting in a circle with several other young men in a charity’s offices in Cameroon’s capital, Fleur listens intently to the speaker talk about gay sex before slowly raising his hand. “Can we catch AIDS by swallowing sperm?” he asks, prompting laughter from his peers at the group discussion held by Alcondoms, an organization promoting […]

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