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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 […]

HIV-Infected Man Sentenced to Two Years Over Ritual Sex in Malawi

HIV-Infected Man Sentenced to Two Years Over Ritual Sex in Malawi

A man infected with the HIV virus, who was accused of sleeping with 100 girls and women in a series of so-called ‘ritual cleansing’ acts, was sentenced to two years in prison for his actions. An HIV-positive Malawian man who said he had sex with at least 100 girls and women as part of a […]

HIV-infected Malawi man convicted over ‘ritual unprotected sex’ with 104 women and girls

HIV-infected Malawi man convicted over ‘ritual unprotected sex’ with 104 women and girls

A Malawi court has convicted an HIV-positive man who had confessed to having sex with 104 girls and widows in traditional “sexual cleansing” rituals. Eric Aniva, 45, was found guilty on Friday on two counts after a one-day trial in a packed courtroom in the district of Nsanje. “It is clear … that the state has […]

A Cure For AIDS? New Drug Gammora Is ‘The Death Of HIV Cells,’ Israel Doctor Says

A Cure For AIDS? New Drug Gammora Is ‘The Death Of HIV Cells,’ Israel Doctor Says

A new drug could soon lead to a cure for AIDS, according to evidence gleaned from recent experiments in Israel. The drug, which is named Gammora, has been effectively killing high amounts of the cells that cause the debilitating disease that breaks down the body’s immune system, the Jewish Press reported Tuesday. Gammora was credited […]

Official Announces HIV Epidemic In Russia’s Fourth-Largest City

Official Announces HIV Epidemic In Russia’s Fourth-Largest City

A Russian Health Ministry official says the HIV infection rate in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg has reached epidemic levels. Tatyana Savinova, the first deputy chief of Yekaterinburg’s health-care department in Yekaterinburg, said on November 2 that 1.8 percent of the city’s population is infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Experts have said that […]

Benin Pledges $2 Million to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Benin Pledges $2 Million to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The government of Benin announced a US$2 million contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, signaling global commitment towards ending epidemics that affect people all over the world. The announcement came on the eve of the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Conference on 16-17 September in Montreal, Canada, where world leaders and […]

Stigma ‘Killing’ South Africans Living With HIV: They don’t feel welcome in government clinics

Stigma ‘Killing’ South Africans Living With HIV: They don’t feel welcome in government clinics

In South Africa, sex workers speak of nurses that laughed at them, dismissed or shamed them for coming to a health clinic Tania has to shout to be heard over music blasting out of a brothel in downtown Durban, South Africa, where dozens of sex workers slouch in chairs under the red glow of the […]

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