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JOHANNESBURG, 24 December (PLUSNEWS) - The armed forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are expected to launch a countrywide HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said last week.

UNFPA said a meeting held on 3 December with the International Centre for Migration and Health (ICMH), ended with a consensus on priority actions to be taken by both the military and police at all levels.

These priorities included education programmes to disseminate HIV/AIDS messages, condom distribution, studies and workshops.

DRC Defence Minister Irung Awan said HIV/AIDS had become "an occupational hazard for uniformed men and women around the world".

Rwandan and Ugandan forces, both of which had spent several years in the DRC, had a particularly high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, UNFPA said.

UNAIDS estimates prevalence rates for sexually transmitted infections among armed forces at 2 to 5 times higher than among civilian populations and adds that in times of war, this figure could increase to 50 times higher than the rates for civilian populations.

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· 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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