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South African Radio Program Examines Infidelity as Underlying Cause of Country's HIV/AIDS Pandemic, "The World" Reports

May 12, 2005

"Cheaters," a weekly, reality radio show in South Africa that is loosely based on a U.S. television show with the same name, is a "microcosm" of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country, where HIV primarily is transmitted through unprotected heterosexual sex, "The World" -- a production of BBC World Service, PRI and WGBH Boston -- reported on Wednesday. According to PRI, infidelity "can be fatal" in South Africa, which has more HIV-positive residents than any other country in the world, and an episode of the show in which a woman revealed that she and her fiance are HIV-positive to his two other girlfriends provided a "frightening reminder of the dangers" of the practice. Some listeners say the program encourages fidelity among local residents, who fear getting caught by the program (Costello, "The World," PRI, 5/11).

The complete segment is available online in Windows Media. Photos of "Cheaters" listeners and hosts Prince Tshabalala and Matthew Montshojang also are available online.

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2004 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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