News on HIV & AIDS

9 October 2015
News
Marcelle, 19, calls for girls to “get an education and be successful in life.” She and other elite athletes at the All African Games promoted girls’ rights, health and well-being through a variety of UNFPA-supported programmes. © UNFPA Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo – “We are tired of hearing our parents telling us how, back in their days, young girls were married already at the age of 13,” said Marcelle, 19. “What is important today is to get an education and be... Read more
26 September 2015
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The crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency threatens to undermine development throughout the region. Girls in northern Nigeria. © UNFPA Nigeria/Ololade Daniel
UNITED NATIONS, New York/DAKAR, Senegal – Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the Lake Chad Basin region, the result of a relentless and ongoing campaign of violence by Boko Haram insurgents.... Read more
21 September 2015
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Joel Barrera began a support group for youth living with HIV, which has transformed into a network for youth to advocate for better care and an end to discrimination. © UNFPA/Walter Sotomayor
The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly is currently underway in New York. This meeting of the world's leaders will see the adoption of a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals –... Read more
3 September 2015
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Nurse Blessings Sonkhanani has received training on how to provide information and care to young people. “Now we know what young people need,” she said. © UNFPA/Meaghan Charkowick
LILONGWE, Malawi – “I thought family planning was for married people, not for girls,” said Blessings Sonkhanani, a nurse at Namwera Health Center in Malawi’s Mangochi District. “We were not friendly to young people. We... Read more
6 August 2015
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Young people and health professional advocated for the reproductive health law. © UNFPA
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Twelve-year old Aigul,* in eastern Kyrgyzstan, locked herself in a school bathroom and contemplated suicide. When her teacher came to investigate, Aigul confessed that she had ignored her mother’s... Read more
28 July 2015
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Irene Ayo, 20, is a peer educator in the South Sudanese refugee settlement where she lives. She teaches other young refugees about the benefits of family planning. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi
BARATUKU/KIRYADONGO, Uganda – Two brave, young South Sudanese refugees are defying expectations and speaking frankly about their decision to use family planning. After surviving conflict and enduring a perilous journey... Read more
21 July 2015
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Patricia, 23, arrived at the fair knowing very little about contraception. But she was intrigued. "I do not want to have more children now because I do not have the means to support them," she said. © UNFPA WCARO
AHUA, Côte d’Ivoire – As the crowds poured into the fairground in Ahua Village, in rural Côte d’Ivoire, it was clear that this would not be an ordinary festival. Instead of games and prizes, the village square was... Read more
1 July 2015
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Condoms are critical for preventing sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and – in Ebola-affected countries like Liberia – the Ebola virus. © UNFPA/Nordic Office
MONROVIA, Liberia – “I am HIV-positive, and I am sure I acquired the virus through sexual contact,” said Stephen McGill, of the group Stop AIDS in Liberia, at the launch of a campaign promoting condom use. The recent... Read more
13 May 2015
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UNFPA maternal health expert Olivier Moalloum is interviewed by Radio Tob, in Mandoul Region, Chad. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
KOUMRA, Chad – In the conservative, traditional communities of southern Chad, a bold radio programme is bringing sex-related issues to the airwaves. But the show is not hosted by shock jocks. Rather, it is the work of... Read more
23 March 2015
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Traditional dancers entertain participants at the record-breaking HIV counselling and testing event in Gambella, Ethiopia. © UNFPA Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia/GABORONE, Botswana – Record-breaking numbers of people have received HIV counselling and testing through two historic initiatives in Ethiopia, Botswana, South Africa and Tanzania.  In the Gambella... Read more

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