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Group Combats HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia With Community Conversations

July 26, 2013

Holding peer-led discussion groups in communities has contributed to a significant drop of HIV/AIDS transmission in Ethiopia. KMG-Ethiopia, a community-based advocacy organization, initiated community conversations to halt cultural practices that often lead to HIV/AIDS and other sexual health issues. According to KMG, practices such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage fuel HIV/AIDS.

According to KMG, "Young women are given away to men who are much older than themselves. Young women in these communities do not have a choice. This harmful practice violates young women's rights to choice and freedom of association and puts them at risk of HIV and AIDS."

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Comment by: Tsigay H (San Francisco, CA) Sun., Jul. 28, 2013 at 10:55 am EDT
Where is the scientific evidence that "practices such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage fuel HIV/AIDS" in Ethiopia?
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