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Zimbabwe: 50 Percent of New HIV Cases Are People Below 18

October 8, 2002

An emerging trend on HIVAIDS statistics shows that more than 50 percent of newly reported HIV infections in Zimbabwe are among young people below age 18, according to the Zimbabwe National AIDS Council. Addressing representatives from various church and affiliated organizations recently, ZNAC Executive Director Dr. Everisto Marowa described the situation as worrisome. "We all admit that enough has not been done. What is critical is that the church should join hands and work with existing structures such as those of the National AIDS Council." An official with the AIDS and TB department said current figures showed that HIV prevalence among the total population has risen from 25 percent to 34 percent within the last two years.

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Adapted from:
allAfrica.com
10.03.02; Herald (Harare, Zimbabwe)


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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