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Famine in Africa Increases Risk of HIV Epidemic

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by Chagmion Antoine

No one should ever have to choose between starving to death and exposure to HIV, however millions of women and children struggling to survive in the drought-stricken countries of southern Africa aren’t being given a choice.

When both Somalia and South Sudan declared states of emergency due to severe drought and conflict in February, humanitarian workers knew the crisis would not just mean the starvation of millions. It could also potentially open a Pandora’s box of HIV-related complications.

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