Consumer Pressures Raise Papua New Guinea AIDS Rate
September 22, 2008
At the recent AIDS conference in Lae, Papua New Guinea, an expert reported that more than 70 percent of the nation's young women are engaging in "secret, casual sex" due to consumer pressures. The women, said Charles Pepe of the Marobe Province AIDS Council, "are enjoying the pleasures of easy money and ignoring the risks involved in acquiring the virus." The high cost of living, together with the desire for modern consumer goods, is pushing the women into an underground sex industry in PNG, Pepe said.
Australian Associated Press
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