78 test positive in local HIV screening

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Some 78 out of 167 people who underwent blood tests in Debre Marcos hospital in East Gojjam Zone of Ethiopia's Amahara State were found HIV positive, health authorities said Sunday.
At a sensitisation meeting, the they said the majority of those found infected with virus were females.
Meanwhile back-street circumcision and polygamy were being identified as emerging causes in the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.
A health official said studies conducted in 54 rural communities showed that children were being circumcised with unsterilised razor.
He also noted that of 141 persons recently diagnosed HIV positive, 124 were rural residents in polygamous marriages.

19 august 2001 14:36:00

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