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Zimbabwean Health Experts Skeptical of Study Finding Drop in HIV Infection Rate

August 25, 2009

Zimbabwean health experts have raised doubts over a recent study that suggested "the country's deep economic crisis helped reduce the HIV prevalence rate or the percentage of adults infected with the deadly virus," VOA News reports. The study of more than 18,000 pregnant women, presented at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, revealed the HIV prevalence rate fell from 23 percent in 2001 to 11 percent in late 2008. However, as VOA News writes, some Zimbabweans feel the findings "understate the severity of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, adding that the sample may not have been representative" of the population (Nyaira, 8/24).

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