Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The prevalence rate of the HIV infection in Burundi schools has grown at an alarming rate, according to a recent survey conducted by UNESCO.
The survey showed that the rate had hit the 10% mark, following tests carried out in schools in 10 of the 17 provinces of the country.
Samples taken from 1,388 pupils, who were voluntarily screened, showed that 9.8% of the figure turned out to be HIV positive.
Also samples from 629 teachers and administrators showed a prevalence rate of 5.1%.
The survey revealed that sexual harassment, rape, prostitution and excessive consumption of alcohol and narcotics were the root causes of the high rate of contamination by the victims.
It showed that the results had impacted negatively on school attendance as most HIV positive students and teachers continued to stay away from school.
The survey, however, recommended that efforts should be made to promote voluntary HIV-AIDS screening of stakeholders in the education sector.
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