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Swaziland King Abandons Campaign for Virgin Girls to Remain Abstinent, Avoid Marriage

Swazi King Mswati III last week announced he will abandon a campaign meant to combat the spread of HIV by urging virgin girls to remain abstinent, coinciding with the release of a Ministry of Health and Social Welfare study showing that 29% of Swazi ...

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AIDS Education a Tough Sale in Swaziland

Swaziland's absolute monarch, King Mswati, and his government are battling an estimated 40 percent HIV infection rate among Swazi adults by talking openly about AIDS, urging people to abstain from sex until marriage and to use condoms. But as the mon...

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Swaziland: Truckers Contribute to the Spread of AIDS

Health surveys for years have noted that itinerant workers such as truck drivers and seasonal agricultural workers are at greater risk for contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS. At a gathering of local leaders in the southern Shiselweni region, the prom...

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Swaziland Army to Reject HIV-Positive Recruits

On Thursday, Swaziland officials announced that the nation's armed forces will not accept HIV-positive recruits. "The army is experiencing a rise in HIV/AIDS-related illnesses and deaths, and this has adverse effects on the overall mission and prepar...

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Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS in Swaziland Undermined by King Mswati's Polygamy, Critics Say

Swaziland's King Mswati's efforts to provide care for AIDS orphans, obtain HIV/AIDS treatment funding and promote safe sex in the country -- which has the world's highest HIV prevalence -- are being "undermined by his multiple sexual partners," accor...

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Swaziland: Struggling AIDS Programs Rely on Volunteers

In Swaziland, a country with high unemployment and little money for social programs, volunteers responding to the AIDS epidemic find the demands of filling the gaps increasingly burdensome. According to UNAIDS, Swaziland has the world's highest HIV p...

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Swaziland: Disaster Declared in Crushing Drought

According to the World Food Program, Swaziland, which is in the third year of a major drought, has declared a state of national disaster and will require extensive food assistance at least until after next year's harvest. Malnutrition is contributing...

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Swaziland: AIDS Fallout

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Swaziland has emboldened unscrupulous merchants peddling miracle cures, including a new "wonder drug" from Thailand marketed as an HIV/AIDS vaccine. The country ignored the HIV/AIDS crisis for years, and now infection rates a...

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Swazi King's Use of Ceremony to Choose Wives Sends Wrong Message About Country's HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Critics Say

A record 50,000 young Swazi women on Friday participated in the annual "Reed Dance," a traditional ceremony performed before Swaziland's leader King Mswati III that has come to be seen as an "audition" to become the king's next wife, Reuters reports....

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Swaziland King Pushes AIDS Testing

Swaziland's ruler, King Mswati III, has urged all the subjects of his AIDS-ravaged southern African kingdom to take an HIV test. "I expect all Swazis to take a blood test, to know our own HIV status so that we can take the necessary steps to protect ...