Stories: Prevention

  • Mozambique Myth-Busting Helpline Tries to Tackle HIV/AIDS

    In Mozambique's Gaza province, if someone makes it to their 35th birthday, "you rejoice", said Shady Zita, an English teacher in a rural secondary school. "You know what? To see someone reaching that age of 35, 36 now, it's not a joke," he said. Most of the funerals that he goes to are for people who are even younger, as...

  • Elton John Fears for the World If Donald Trump Is Elected President

    A potential Trump presidency makes Elton John "fear for the world" — at least when it comes to fighting the global HIV crisis. The musician and longtime AIDS activist was in Durban this week for the 21st International AIDS conference. On Wednesday, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for...

  • Meet the Women in South Africa Who Walk Miles Every Day to Test Their Neighbors for HIV

    The landscape outside Eshowe, a town about two hours northwest of Durban, is an undulating green sea of sugar cane plants. Houses appear intermittently, sprinkling across the hills. Monkeys crouch at the side of the road, near speed bumps, where they snatch up crops that fall off passing trucks. Four days a week, Babongile Luhlongwane, 40, and Busisiwe Luthuli, 32, trek up...

  • Recruiters for HIV Vaccine Network Hit Up Seattle Gay Bars, Hookup Sites

    Drag performer Aleksa Manila, resplendent in a red gown with diaphanous wings, sang while two shirtless young men danced. An exhibit by gay African-American artist Kehinde Wiley, known for his striking portraits of black men, was on view. Men and women, at the Seattle Art Museum for an April event celebrating queer and transgender people of color, chatted...

  • Elusive HIV Vaccine: How Seattle Scientists’ Frustration Is Turning to Hope

    It was the question on everybody’s mind. “I know there’s a rumor that the vaccine can infect us. What do you say about that?” The young man was at a May event in Soweto publicizing two new HIV-prevention studies, including one testing a vaccine. Both are being conducted by an international network headquartered at...

  • Be Jet Li

    For teenage boys about to be circumcised, they look pretty relaxed. Half-perched on a car tyre, one of them shuffles cards from a martial arts-themed deck. The faces of Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee flash through the air as they cards are dealt. The mobile circumcision unit, just 40 or so metres away, is the last thing on their...

  • Getting Circumcised at 70

    Hyperlapse of Jhpiego's mobile male circumcision unit in Xinavane, across from a sugar factory in Mozambique.   A photo posted by Sarah Jones Reports (@sarahjreports) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:16am PDT Alberto Chameala is seventy years old, and he finally has the opportunity to get circumcised. Alberto says the mobile clinic is the first time a health facility offering...

  • AIDS Prevention: Africa’s Circumcision Challenge

    Marvin is 22 years old, single and — like many men of his age — thinking about girlfriends. But for the next six weeks, he will have to give his love life a rest. On this sunny morning in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, Marvin is waiting to get circumcised. Along with three of his friends, he sits tensely on a bench...

  • Using Maths and IT to Help Tackle HIV

    Crispin Sapele is Director of Systems and Operations at CHAMP, a not for profit organisation which was set up to respond to the growing need for corporate HIV/AIDS programmes within Zambia. In December 2003 CHAMP set up a dedicated HIV hotline that offers a 24/7, 365 day counseling and information service. At CHAMP, Sapele’s role has been in planning,...