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ZAMBIA: Possible AIDS increase through mining

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JOHANNESBURG, 28 July (PLUSNEWS) - Increased mining activity in Zambia's Copperbelt province of could result in higher HIV prevalence rates for the area, an AIDS NGO has said.

The Copperbelt AIDS Task Force, said that functional mining towns also worked as a magnet for commercial sex work.

"It is likely to worsen the AIDS scenario of the mining towns because HIV thrives where there are heightened sexual activities," Henry Loongo, the task force's general-secretary, told the local Times of Zambia.

Zambian Ministry of Health figures show that the Copperbelt province has the highest HIV prevalence - 20 percent - after the capital Lusaka's 22 percent rate.



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· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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