October 4, 2010
"The widespread rape of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other conflict-torn African nations could be spurring a significant number of new HIV infections, a new study suggests," Reuters/Health24 reports. The study, published in the journal AIDS, "estimated that as many as 10,000 girls and women could be infected with HIV in Congo each year as a result of mass rape, assuming 'extreme' levels of sexual violence. That figure could be as high as 20,000 in Uganda." The study also looked at the impact of mass rape on HIV rates in Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia and southern Sudan, the news service reports (10/1).