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In Brief: Condoms needed in PNG prisons
14 March 2013 (IRIN ), A Papua New Guinea (PNG) study released today calls for condoms to be made more widely available in prisons.
Analysis: Condoms continue to confound Uganda
1 March 2013 (IRIN ), The condom has played a central role in Uganda’s official HIV prevention strategy for over two decades, but the country has yet to get it right, with condom use declining and the government unable to meet what demand does exist.
Lack of “lube” hurts HIV prevention
21 February 2013 (IRIN ), Safer-sex messaging on condoms is universal but the generally poor availability of lubricants, and awareness of them, is hindering HIV prevention, health activists warn.
Ugandan authorities concerned as HIV self-test kits hit the market
6 February 2013 (IRIN ), The sale of HIV test kits to the public by private chemists in Uganda is causing concern among health officials, who feel that HIV testing should remain in the hands of professionals and be accompanied by counselling.
Uganda begins rollout of provider-initiated HIV testing
30 January 2013 (IRIN ), All people who seek treatment in health centres in Uganda will be offered HIV testing and counselling under a new plan to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment.
Ugandan HIV campaign targets "cheaters"
23 January 2013 (IRIN ), A new Ugandan HIV-prevention campaign that frankly addresses sexual infidelity is generating heated debate over the direction the country's HIV strategy should take.
Fewer pregnant women with HIV in Congo
18 January 2013 (IRIN ), The HIV infection rate has declined among pregnant women in the Republic of Congo from 3.4 percent in 2009 to 2.8 percent in 2012, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, which said it had taken specific action to help this section of the population.
HIV/AIDS: Uganda still behind on ARV target
7 January 2013 (IRIN ), Uganda continues to fall short of achieving its goal of ensuring that 80 percent of people living with HIV receive antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by 2015, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC).
HIV/AIDS: Low prevalence, high stigma in Bangladesh
31 December 2012 (IRIN ), Even though HIV prevalence in Bangladesh is as low as 0.1 percent of the 160 million population, experts fear that widespread discrimination towards people who test positive for HIV may leave infections unreported.
KENYA: Integration of PMTCT and maternal and child health gets results
19 December 2012 (IRIN ), Health programmes integrating services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV into regular maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) clinics, rather than operating PMTCT services as stand-along programmes, are showing positive results in Kenya, experts say.
HIV/AIDS: New WHO guidelines urge decriminalization of sex work
18 December 2012 (IRIN ), The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines - titled 'Prevention and Treatment of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections for Sex Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries' - recommending, among other things, that countries should work towards decriminalizing sex work.
HIV/AIDS: The HIV prevention agenda
13 December 2012 (IRIN ), If the world scales-up HIV treatment and prevention in the next two years, a critical tipping point - in which those on treatment outnumber those newly infected with the virus - could be reached, according to the global HIV prevention advocacy organization AVAC.
How to: Map sexual networks
30 November 2012 (IRIN ), With whom did you last have sex? When? Where? How? At crowded food stalls and in dimly lit bars, Kelvin Parker carries out what HIV researchers call “sexual networking mapping”.
HIV/AIDS: The beginning of the end of AIDS? Not quite
29 November 2012 (IRIN ), The world is not on track to meet ambitious targets to significantly reduce sexual transmission of HIV, virtually eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission and achieve universal access to treatment by 2015, according to a new report by global advocacy group ONE.
UGANDA: Sex workers missing out on HIV care
14 November 2012 (IRIN ), Sex workers in Uganda's capital, Kampala, are reluctant to seek HIV testing and treatment services, putting their health in jeopardy, preliminary results of a new study reveal.
UGANDA: Anti-gay bill could be passed before Christmas
13 November 2012 (IRIN ), Uganda's parliament will, before Christmas, pass a highly controversial bill which seeks more stringent punishments for people engaging in homosexual acts and those perceived to be "promoting" homosexuality, says the speaker of the house.
HIV/AIDS: "Mild growth" in private US, EU funding for HIV
9 November 2012 (IRIN ), Private philanthropists in the European Union and the US spent some US$644 million on global HIV/AIDS programmes in 2011, a 5 percent increase from 2010, largely driven by funding from a small number of large donors, a new report has revealed.
UGANDA: Mixed progress in male circumcision campaign
6 November 2012 (IRIN ), More than 380,000 Ugandan men have been circumcised in the last two years as part the government's HIV-prevention efforts, new statistics reveal.
KENYA: Push to meet 2013 male circumcision targets
6 November 2012 (IRIN ), With just over one year left to achieve its target of having some 1.1 million men circumcised as part of HIV-prevention efforts, Kenyan male circumcision programmes are ramping up efforts to bring more men into clinics, compensating them for their time and encouraging them to bring friends in for the procedure.
KENYA: Media still need training on HIV
1 November 2012 (IRIN ), Scourge. Plague. Killer disease. All are terms still routinely used by Kenya's media to describe the HIV epidemic more than thirty years after it was first identified. Experts say the media needs to step up to promote a better understanding of the illness.

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