Survival International Says HIV Spreading Among Indigenous Communities
December 10, 2007
Social upheaval and growing contact with outsiders are fueling rising rates of HIV/AIDS among the world's indigenous communities, according to a report released ahead of World AIDS Day by Survival International.
Based in London, Survival International advocates for the rights of the world's tribal peoples. "Tribal people die because their land is invaded and taken and because they succumb to outside diseases they never knew before," said Stephen Corry, its director. "Increasingly now we can add HIV/AIDS to the list of killers. It is striking the most vulnerable peoples of all: those who have no grasp of the risks of unprotected sex; no access to condoms; no appropriate treatment; and whose numbers are already small," Corry said.
The report, "Progress Can Kill," cited several examples showing how the disease can affect indigenous communities:
To address the crisis, the report said, "The first solution is the simplest -- governments must ensure tribal lands are properly protected."
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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.