News on HIV & AIDS

2 February 2017
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Xhute left school because her family could not afford to buy her shoes to wear to class. She plans to continue her education and become a teacher. © UNFPA Botswana/Nchidzi Smarts
GHANZI, Botswana – Two years ago, 12-year-old Xhute could not afford shoes to wear to class. She was forced to drop out of school – like her mother before her. Xhute’s mother also started having children when she was... Read more
20 January 2017
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The outreach campaign provided antenatal care, postpartum services, family planning counselling and many other services. © UNFPA Somalia
MORODIJEEX – It was early morning when a young sheikh, Abdi Iidan, and his wife joined the long queue leading to a tent in Morodijeex, in north-western Somalia. Mr. Iidan stood out from the crowd; women dominated the... Read more
18 October 2016
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’Mantina Mphohle receiving health services inside a new mobile clinic, near the factory where she works. © UNFPA Lesotho
MAPUTSOE, Lesotho – When factory worker ’Mantina Mphohle, 31, was hit by a car recently, she took two days of sick leave. That time off was unpaid. “You can imagine how disappointed I was when I realized my salary had... Read more
7 September 2016
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Rose Matuulane, 24, with one of her children. She is able to access antenatal care, cervical cancer screening, HIV testing and family planning counselling all in the same clinic visit. © UNFPA Botswana/Nchidzi Smarts
Otse, Botswana – When Rose Matuulane was pregnant five years ago, she had to wait for a nurse to visit her small village, Otse, to provide antenatal check-ups. When the nurse could not make it, Ms. Matuulane had to... Read more
23 August 2016
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Inspired by the Rio 2016 Olympic logo, the #EuAbraço campaign celebrates diversity and raises public awareness against discrimination. © UNIC Rio/Pedro Andrade
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The Olympics Games is a unique opportunity for countries to promote diversity, camaraderie and unity. These values inspired this year’s Olympics logo: a circle of three people holding hands. The... Read more
4 August 2016
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Young people have a right to access to accurate information about their bodies, including how to protect themselves from HIV. Youth pose with singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the 21st International AIDS Conference. © UNFPA/Prossy Nakanjako
DURBAN, South Africa – Zandile Simelane was just a teenager when her life was turned upside-down. “At the age of 17, I was diagnosed with HIV,” she told UNFPA at the recent International AIDS Conference in Durban, South... Read more
1 July 2016
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Volunteer James S. Yangbie leads a discussion at the health club he started at Kaytoken Junior High. Talented youth volunteers are meeting reproductive health needs in Liberia, where conflict and the Ebola epidemic had left the health system shattered. © UNFPA/Ruth Fertig
UNITED NATIONS, New York/MONROVIA, Liberia – Jackie knows about heartbreak. She became pregnant in the ninth grade and was forced to leave school. Then, when her baby was nearly two years old, she suddenly fell sick. “I... Read more
29 June 2016
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Actress Yana and actor Chhaly at a Love9 casting session. The show has sparked conversations about sex and health throughout Cambodia. © UNFPA Cambodia
PHNOM-PENH, Cambodia – “My engine is still working!” a young man in a clinic yelled gleefully, having just testing negative for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Patients in the waiting room turned to gawk at him... Read more
28 June 2016
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Tens of thousands of people have been displaced following attacks by Boko Haram. UNFPA estimates 3,000 displaced women and girls are pregnant and in urgent need of assistance. © UNFPA
DIFFA, Niger/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee south-eastern Niger following an attack by Boko Haram militants in early June. UNFPA estimates some 3,000 pregnant girls and... Read more
20 June 2016
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Women work together on a building project in the Central African Republic. "Ita Ouali" means "my best friend." © UNFPA
BANGUI, Central African Republic – Mathilde learned she was pregnant under the direst of circumstances: in a displacement camp in the war-ravaged Central African Republic, where she was struggling to support herself... Read more

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