Boston Globe Examines HIV/AIDS in Zambian Town, HIV/AIDS Hospice Care in Africa
July 10, 2006
The Boston Globe on Sunday examined life for young people living in Livingstone, Zambia, where it is hard for them "to trust the future, or even to imagine one," in a place where HIV/AIDS "touches just about everyone." According to U.N. estimates, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in one generation has reduced life expectancy in Zambia from 51 years to 32 years and eight months, "perhaps the lowest in the world," the Globe reports. In the 80,000-resident town of Livingstone, HIV prevalence among adults has increased over many years, and 30% of residents are thought to have the virus, yet the "conversation about this most obvious fact of life and death is only now beginning," according to the Globe. People in the community "are finding their way, summoning power from simple acts of accountability, being tested, being safe and ... learning to talk honestly and openly about the threat that envelops them," the Globe reports. In addition, many young women in the town "speak proudly of being virgins," and "some couples talk of their determination to be faithful to each other" to prevent the spread of the virus, the Globe reports. The number of "white weddings," in which couples decide to abstain from sex until marriage, also is increasing in the town, according to the Globe (Donnelly, Boston Globe, 7/9).
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