Rachel Beatty Riedl

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New HIV infections around the world

On Monday, the Human Sciences Research Council of the Southern African Development Community will release its National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, and Behavior survey. The bad news: No longer is this region managing to reduce the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections. Vulnerable young women in sub-Saharan Africa keep getting infected with HIV, largely because of older men having transactional sex with them.

Anele Yawa, secretary general of the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa, said that in the coming years the TAC will focus on reducing new infections among marginalized groups such as young girls, sex workers and men who have sex with other men: “The number of people being infected has gone down from 8,000 to 5,000 a week, but this is not enough.…  Seguir leyendo »