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HIV/AIDS

01 October 2010

Mass rape in Africa ups HIV spread

The widespread rape of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other conflict-torn African nations could be spurring a significant number of new HIV infections.

The widespread rape of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other conflict-torn African nations could be spurring a significant number of new HIV infections, a new study suggests.

In Congo alone, it's estimated that war has left more than 5 million dead since 1998. Although the nation held successful elections in 2006, violence simmers in much of the east, where both rebel and government army units roam, often looting and targeting civilians.

 

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