Rise in Angola's HIV/AIDS Prevalence "Worrying," Health Minister Says
October 8, 2004
Angola -- which has the lowest HIV prevalence of any Southern African nation -- recently has recorded a "sharp rise" in the number of HIV-positive people living in the country, Angolan Health Minister Albertina Hamukwaya told the Portuguese state television station RTP Africa on Wednesday, AFP/News24.com reports. Calling the situation "worrying," Hamukwaya said that the increase has been "especially strong" in the coastal provinces of Luanda and Benguela, as well as the province of Cunene, which borders Namibia. She added that a nationwide HIV prevalence study was under way and should be released at the end of December, according to AFP/News24.com.
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