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AIDS Experts Urge Schooling in Africa

June 26, 2003

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Enrolling young girls in school is the best way to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, experts told a House of Representatives panel Monday in Washington. "Girls in school are seven times less likely to have AIDS," said Gene Sperling, an economist at the Council on Foreign Relations. Speakers said unschooled African women who take sex jobs were the source of most HIV transmissions on the continent. Females with formal education are more likely to understand the risks of HIV transmission and take appropriate measures, they added. According to UNICEF, young African women have a higher prevalence of HIV/AIDS -- almost double that of men in some countries.

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Orange County Register
06.24.03

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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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