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Inter Press Service Examines TB Epidemic, Effect of HIV/AIDS on Disease in Swaziland

The number of tuberculosis cases in Swaziland has increased from about 1,000 cases annually in 1987 to about 9,600 cases annually today, National TB Control Program Manager Themba Dlamini, said recently, Inter Press Service reports. In addition, Swaz...

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Swaziland Holds Celebrations for King's Birthday, Independence; Advocates Call for Increased Social Spending, Other Reforms

Swaziland on Saturday held celebrations for King Mswati's 40th birthday and the country's 40th year of independence -- an "extravaganza that contrasted sharply with the biting poverty" of the country -- the AP/Chicago Tribune reports. According to th...

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"Growing Belief" Among Men in Swaziland That Circumcision Provides Complete Protection Against HIV, IRIN News Reports

There is a "growing belief" among some men in Swaziland that circumcision provides complete protection against HIV -- a perception that is concerning nongovernmental organizations working to combat the spread of the virus in the country -- IRIN News ...

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Swaziland: AIDS Creating a Society in Distress

HIV/AIDS is having an unprecedented impact on the small mountainous kingdom of Swaziland. At 33.4 percent, its HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate is the highest in the world. Life expectancy there has dropped from 60 years to 31 years, and one in three S...

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Chicago Tribune Examines Program That Teaches Swazi Doctors How to Perform Male Circumcisions

The Chicago Tribune on Tuesday examined a program, called Operation Abraham and organized by the Jerusalem AIDS Project, that sends Israeli surgeons to Swaziland to train doctors on how to perform male circumcisions on adults and infants in an effort...

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Survey Says Four in Five Swazi Men Would Reject AIDS Testing

Although nearly 40 percent of the adults in Swaziland have HIV, the highest prevalence rate in the world, four out of five men surveyed there said they would refuse to take an HIV test, and only 46 percent said they were prepared to use condoms. In a...

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AIDS-Ravaged Swaziland Gears Up for Circumcision Fever

In Swaziland, where UNICEF estimates up to 40 percent of adults are living with HIV/AIDS, circumcision is increasingly being viewed as a tool in containing the epidemic. Results from recent circumcision trials in Kenya and Uganda showed 53 percent an...

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Swaziland's King "Sets Poor Example" for Country Deeply Affected by HIV/AIDS, Article Says

Swaziland -- where one in three people between ages 15 and 49 are HIV-positive, according to UNAIDS -- has the highest HIV prevalence in the world, and King Mswati III is the "elephant in the room when Swazis contemplate their AIDS crisis," the Wall ...

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Swaziland Receives Inadequate Foreign Funding to Address HIV/AIDS Epidemic, King Mswati Says

Swazi King Mswati III on Friday said that international donors are not providing enough funding to curb the country's HIV/AIDS epidemic or revitalize its failing economy, the Associated Press reports. In a speech opening the Swazi Parliament, Mswati ...

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Swaziland Girls Celebrate End of Sex Ban

On Tuesday, thousands of Swazi girls celebrated the premature end of a royal ban on sexual relations for girls under age 18, an ancient custom that was re-imposed in a bid to fight AIDS. In 2001, King Mswati III reintroduced the "umchwasho" chastity ...