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West struggles against rebels and AIDS
Monday 11 October 2004
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COTE D IVOIRE: West struggles against rebels and AIDS

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JOHANNESBURG, 6 October (PLUSNEWS) - Cote d'Ivoire's rebel-held western town of Man is bracing itself for an invasion of a different nature - HIV and AIDS.

Current research on how many people are HIV-positive is vague, but experts are concerned that prevalence rates could be alarmingly high.

Although foreign NGOs provide basic healthcare that does not include HIV testing, one of the indicators of the HIV/AIDS rate is the number of pregnancies resulting from unprotected sex.

"There has been an explosion of pregnancies among girls aged between 12 and 19 years old ... at high schools there would be two or three girls pregnant at any given time. Now, in one town, we found a school with nearly eighty pregnant girls," said Yssouf Ouattara of CARE, an international NGO that recently launched an AIDS prevention project in Man.



Recent COTE D IVOIRE Reports
AIDS prevention measures collapse in rebel-held city,  5/Oct/04
Civil war hinders planned expansion of AIDS treatment,  27/Sep/04
Private AIDS clinic brings hope to Abidjan slum,  23/Sep/04
Nationwide HIV/AIDS prevalence survey to be launched in November,  15/Sep/04
Nurses run checkpoint gauntlet to get medicines for north,  30/Aug/04
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

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