HIV-Positive Woman in South Africa Raped, Beaten to Death After Disclosing HIV Status
December 22, 2003
An HIV-positive woman in South Africa on Dec. 14 was raped by several men and then beaten to death after revealing to them her HIV status, South Africa's Star reports (Mtyala, Star, 12/22). Lorna Mlosana, who was a volunteer for the country's largest AIDS advocacy group, the Treatment Action Campaign, was raped in the bathroom of a bar near Cape Town (Washington Post, 12/22). Mlosana reportedly was not able to tell the men that she was HIV-positive before they raped her and only did so after a friend entered the bathroom to help. The men then reportedly beat both women, seriously injuring the friend and killing Mlosana, London's Guardian reports. Police have arrested two men in connection with the assaults and are seeking at least one other suspect. A witness said that as many as five men took part in the attacks (Carroll, Guardian, 12/22).
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