Category Archives: Kenya

  1. New Light Shed on Male Sex Work

    Via PlusNews. Commercial sex work, dominated by a focus on women, could be redefined as new research launched today in Nairobi, Kenya, sheds light on the complicated HIV prevention needs of what may be Africa’s most deeply underground group at high risk of HIV – male sex workers. The report co-authored by the United Nations Development Programme Read More >>

    anal sex, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, MSM, Namibia, prevention, sex work, South Africa, SWEAT, Uganda, UNDP, Zimbabwe
  2. KENYA: Rural MSM Too Afraid to Access HIV Health Services

    Via PlusNews. Discriminatory laws and a largely homophobic society mean that men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kenya generally find it difficult to access HIV-related information and health services, but rural MSM have an especially hard time. When Kibet Kipsowen*, 30, a cattle keeper in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, and his partner have sex, they Read More >>

    Africa, anal health, anal sex, healthcare, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, Infections, Kenya, lubricant, MSM, UNAIDS
  3. KENYA: Protest as government grapples with HIV funding shortages

    via PlusNews Hundreds of Kenyan AIDS activists held a protest on 18 May in the capital, Nairobi to demand that the government meet its commitment to increase annual health and HIV funding. “The Minister of Finance promised an annual budgetary allocation increase of 10 percent to health and HIV – we demand that this promise be kept,” Read More >>

    Africa, ARV, funding, HIV/AIDS policy, Kenya, Treatment
  4. LGBT activist talks challenges in Kenya

    via Yale Daily News, by Mohammad Salhut In Kenya, even some health workers who provide services to men who have sex with men are homophobic, LGBT activist Rachel Mandel said. Mandel, a former employee for the International Center for Reproductive Health, spoke to 12 professors and graduate students in Luce Hall Wednesday about the difficulties of advocating for Read More >>

    Africa, homophobia, homosexuality, Kenya, lgbt community, MSM
  5. Kenya: Ongeri Warns Students On Homosexuality

    Via allAfrica.com, by Henry Wanyama (reported April 19) EDUCATION minister Sam Ongeri yesterday asked students to shun homosexuality. Ongeri said homosexuality is one vice that the ministry for education must stump out. He said: “I am not threatening anybody but you all know that homosexuality is illegal.” Ongeri spoke at the Bomas of Kenya when he opened Read More >>

    Africa, criminalization, HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, Kenya, Sam Ongeri
  6. Kenya: Counselling, not alarm device, had best effect on ART adherence

    Via aidsmap, by Carole Leach-Lemens Patients in Nairobi, Kenya getting intensive early adherence counselling when starting antiretroviral therapy were 29% less likely to have poor adherence and 59% less likely to have virological failure compared to those getting no counselling Michael H Chung and colleagues reported in a randomised, controlled trial published in the March issue of Read More >>

    adherence, antiretroviral therapy, ART, counseling, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, public health, resistance, sub-saharan Africa, Treatment
  7. Fearing No Evil

    Via Poz, by Regan Hofmann with Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. David Kuria works for the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya where he risks his life daily to provide safe sanctuary and advocacy for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa and around the world. Now, he is running for Kenya’s Senate. A Read More >>

    activists, Africa, criminalization, Gay, gay black men, HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, human rights, Kenya, LGBT rights, MSM, Uganda
  8. Kenya: Testing the Integration of HIV and public healthcare

    Via PlusNews HIV could lose its “special status” in Kenya’s health system if a new pilot programme integrating HIV care and public healthcare proves successful. Traditionally, public hospitals in Kenya have a “comprehensive care clinic” (CCC) dedicated to people living with HIV; under the new system, these would no longer exist. For more than six months, the Ministry Read More >>

    Africa, antiretroviral therapy, healthcare, HIV, Kenya, Medicine, stigma
  9. AFRICA: Need for systematic HIV drug resistance testing

     via PlusNews HIV is a tough enough diagnosis, but when one contracts a strain of HIV resistant to some life-prolonging medicines, treatment options are limited. A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent’s treatment programmes could suffer. Read More >>

    Africa, ARV, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, Kenya, resistance
  10. VIDEO: Melvin and his sister: A gay Kenyan’s struggle to survive

    via guardian.co.uk As discrimination against homosexuals in Africa reaches a new murderous peak, Guardian Films travels to Mombasa, Kenya, to hear from a male prostitute who risks his life to support his younger sister. [If an item is not written by an IRMA member, it should not be construed that IRMA has taken a position on the Read More >>

    condoms, gay men, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, MSM, sex work