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The hot March day when I visited a classroom in Kolda, I was struck, as the kids answered their teacher’s questions without embarrassment, by their sophisticated understanding of AIDS and of the ways, including abstinence until marriage and condom use, they could prevent the disease from spreading,”33 writes Reaves. Condom Controversies Not everyone agrees that the condom message should be included in HIV prevention programs.

Global Coalition of Women and AIDS, “The Challenge—Women and AIDS,” 2006. html. Women in sub-Saharan Africa are most affected. In the countries of this region, about 57 percent of those infected are women, and most of them contracted HIV through heterosexual sex. In South Africa, 15- to 24-year-old young women are nearly four times more likely to be HIV infected than young men. 4 percent for young men. HIV-Infected Women in the United States Although more men are infected with HIV than women in the United States, the percentage of women has increased over the years.

More than 8 million people in the Asia-Pacific region are living with HIV. ”16 Many experts believe that Asian countries are at a tipping point, a point where the HIV epidemic will jump from so-called high-risk individuals, such as intravenous drug users and sex workers, to the rest of the population. Studies indicate that by 2025 the disease could cut annual economic growth in India by 40 percent and in China by 33 percent. Certain countries, such as Thailand, have developed proactive prevention programs to combat the crisis.

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