Editor's note

Children today can access media through a range of different devices. But with increased access, they are more likely to be exposed to violence. Caroline Fitzpatrick explains that this can make them think the world is more dangerous than it actually is, making them more antisocial, insensitive and manipulative.

HIV is still one of the world’s most serious health problems – more than two million new infections are reported each year. But what if something that most people keep in their medicine cabinets could offer some hope to those who are the most vulnerable to HIV infection? Colin Graydon and Monika Kowatsch outline a pilot project they conducted with sex workers in Kenya that showed how Asprin can lower the risk of HIV by reducing inflammation in this group’s blood and genital tracts.

Moina Spooner

Commissioning Editor: East Africa

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Cartoons often have scenes of physical or verbal violence. Chris Beckett/Flickr

Watching violence on screens makes children more emotionally distressed

Caroline Fitzpatrick, Université Sainte-Anne

Children exposed to scenes of violence may develop a view that the world is more dangerous than it actually is.

In this 2012 photo, grandmother Janet Kitheka, 63, collects her adopted “granddaughter” Lucy, 13, at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their parents to HIV, and grandparents who lost their children to HIV in Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

Colin Graydon, University of Manitoba; Monika Kowatsch, University of Manitoba

Research shows that Aspirin could reduce the number of HIV infections in women at high risk for HIV, such as Kenyan female sex workers.

Politics + Society

Theresa May’s Brexit deal: here’s how the factions want to rewrite it

Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey

And why it’s not enough to be against the Withdrawal Agreement.

Will an ambitious Chinese-built rail line through the Himalayas lead to a debt trap for Nepal?

Jagannath Adhikari, Curtin University

Sri Lanka has become the cautionary tale when it comes to Belt and Road investment with China. Can Nepal avoid a similar fate?

Arts + Culture

Violence towards women in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2 evokes toxic masculinity

Jessamy Henricksen, CQUniversity Australia; Dr Marika Guggisberg, CQUniversity Australia

A video uploaded to YouTube last month depicted an avatar in a video game physically assaulting a female character until she was unconscious. Should that be allowed in today's gaming culture?

Egypt and Amal Fathy: one woman’s story highlights national wave of repression and sexual violence

Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham; Giovanni Piazzese, University of Birmingham

Amal Fathy spoke out about sexual harassment – and is now languishing in jail. She is not alone.–