Young Women, Including Married Women, Increasingly Contracting HIV, U.N. Official Says
June 25, 2004
HIV/AIDS increasingly is affecting young women, including married women, Lucita Lazo, regional program director for the United Nations Development Fund for Women, said on Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand, the AP/Hindu reports. Although HIV/AIDS often is associated with men, drug users and sex workers, more women who previously were thought to be at low risk for the disease are becoming infected, Lazo said (AP/Hindu, 6/24). "What used to be a disease that is prevalent among so-called high-risk populations ... is now among the low-risk population, and that means average, ordinary, monogamous relationships," Lazo said, adding, "It's not just sex workers, it's normal housewives faithful to their husbands who are picking up the epidemic" (Agence France-Presse, 6/24). Lazo urged officials and parents to provide greater access to treatment and care for HIV-positive women and increase prevention measures to break the "culture of silence" and stigma surrounding the disease, according to the Associated Press (Lovering, Associated Press, 6/24).
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