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TANZANIA: Survey indicates high HIV vulnerability among youth

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JOHANNESBURG, 4 October (PLUSNEWS) - A recent survey on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and youth suggests that young people are increasingly vulnerable to HIV infection and unwanted pregnancy.

The survey, jointly conducted by the Tanzania Aids Commission (TACAIDS), the National Bureau of Statistics and US-based ORC Macro, helped shed light on HIV/AIDS perceptions in the country.

Low levels of HIV testing, irregular use of condoms, poor knowledge of the means of transmission and stigmatisation were among the factors contributing to the high vulnerability of Tanzania's youth.

According to researchers, "Stigma has grown, marginalising and excluding individuals, leading to social rejection. Ultimately, this attitude allows societies to excuse themselves from the responsibility of caring for and looking after those who are infected."



Recent TANZANIA Reports
Condom taboo in Zanzibar hampers fight against HIV/AIDS,  1/Feb/06
Sex and condom education essential - govt,  18/Jan/06
Roman Catholic bishops oppose teaching of condom use,  10/Jan/06
Clinical trials on HIV/AIDS vaccine to start in March 2006,  5/Dec/05
UNICEF drive to benefit millions of children affected by HIV/AIDS,  26/Oct/05
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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