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Ethiopian AIDS Council Launches New ‘Safer Sex’ Education Strategy
Ethiopia's National AIDS Council on Saturday launched a new five-year AIDS initiative focusing on education to "encourage safer sex," Reuters reports. Ethiopia was recently ranked as one of the five countries hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic in a U.N. Population Division wall chart released Thursday, titled "HIV/AIDS: Population Impact and Policies 2001." Nearly three million of the country's 60 million people are HIV-positive, and more than 900,000 AIDS orphans live in the country. Reuters reports that "[w]ar, poverty and ignorance have provided fertile ground for the spread of the disease in Ethiopia." The National AIDS Council said in a statement, "If continued unchecked, HIV/AIDS will devastate the country's development. As a whole, an estimated 5,000 people are newly infected each week." Officials estimate that up to one third of Ethiopians between the ages of 15 and 20 could die of AIDS-related complications if the epidemic is not "rapidly controlled" (Reuters, 6/9).
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