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Africa is a beautiful country with its many countries animals and diversity Despite these positive aspects Africa is suffering from one of the worlds worst AIDS epidemics Every Saturday nearby cemeteries are busy with the arrival of people who have died from AIDS It is said that in South Africa one of every ten people has AIDS Some 17 million people in Africa have died representing almost 80 of AIDS deaths worldwide This is the equivalent of the combined populations of New York City and Los Angeles There is a conspiracy of silence fueling the spread of HIV in Africa For example in Johannesburg it has one of the fastest growing infection rates for around AIDS Is now South Africas leading cause of death By the year 2010 HIV prevalence in adults is projected to reach 25 of the total population South Africa is projected to have the highest AIDS death rate until 2015 At that point the population will have decreased to the point that the death rate will no longer be as high as in other areas Demographics show that those most affected by AIDS are women and children African women and children have been particularly hard hit by AIDS When it comes to sex in Africa the man is always in charge Girls and women are often forced to have sex and are punished if they resist There is a belief in some areas that having sex with a virgin can cure an infected man As a result 12-year-old girls become infected Men rarely know they have AIDS because males widely refuse testing until they fall ill Many men who think they may have AIDS just embrace it as if nothing is wrong until they get sick Theytake the attitude that Im already infected I can sleep around because I cant get it again Meanwhile they may be passing on the infection to unsuspecting African women The women then unknowingly pass
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