AIDS Cases on the Rise in Burundi: Officials
May 22, 2008
Today in Burundi, health officials said HIV/AIDS prevalence in the small central African nation rose to 4.2 percent last year from 3.5 percent in 2002. The increase reflects "the situation in our country, which is emerging from war, poverty, and strong beliefs (among people) in the countryside," said Speciose Baransata, deputy minister in charge HIV/AIDS prevention. Of Burundi's 7 million people, 250,000 are living with HIV/AIDS and only around 11,000 have access to antiretroviral treatment.
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