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Canada: High HIV Rates Found in Pregnant Native Women

October 24, 2002

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According to a survey yet to be completed, pregnant native women in Canada are seven times more likely to be HIV-positive than their non-aboriginal counterparts. Shaunee Pointe, spokesperson for the First Nations Chiefs' Health Committee, called the rates "alarmingly high." The committee has completed three years of a four-year study. Ten women of 3,192 tested so far are HIV-positive, Pointe said. Among the general population in 2000 and 2001, one of about 2,500 pregnant women had HIV, she said.

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Adapted from:
Edmonton Journal (Alberta, Canada)
10.23.02

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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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