Tackling AIDS in South Africa (2004)

Aids in South Africa: In South Africa, cultural dismissal and ignorance surrounding AIDS is making advances against the disease almost impossible.

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A group of young Zulu women form an orderly queue. They are waiting to have their virginity tested and to check that they are free from Aids. To have Aids is a disgrace, and most blacks, especially men, don’t believe the disease really exists. ‘Cures’ for Aids include having sex with a virgin, leading to 1 in 3 children in South Africa being abused. Until attitudes change, the pandemic will continue to grow.

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