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									                 Sudan and HIV/AIDS                                           Sudan and HIV/AIDS

It is hard to estimate the exact number of people living     It is hard to estimate the exact number of people living
with AIDS in Sudan. Proper statistics are not kept in most   with AIDS in Sudan. Proper statistics are not kept in most
areas. Estimates range from .9 to over 3% generally for      areas. Estimates range from .9 to over 3% generally for
the population from ages 15-49. The last official count      the population from ages 15-49. The last official count
was done in 2003 and estimated that approximately            was done in 2003 and estimated that approximately
2.3% of the total population is currently infected.          2.3% of the total population is currently infected.

The disease is more prevalent in the Northern areas of       The disease is more prevalent in the Northern areas of
the country as well as the refugee camps in Darfur. In       the country as well as the refugee camps in Darfur. In
both of these cases, the disease is more easily spread       both of these cases, the disease is more easily spread
because of the larger concentrations in population in        because of the larger concentrations in population in
these areas.                                                 these areas.

Female Circumcision (aka – Female Genital Mutilation         Female Circumcision (aka – Female Genital Mutilation
or FGM) is still widely practiced in northern and western    or FGM) is still widely practiced in northern and western
Sudan – the majority of women have been circumcised or       Sudan – the majority of women have been circumcised or
infibulated. This significantly raises the risk of           infibulated. This significantly raises the risk of
contracting sexually transmitted infections or HIV/AIDS.     contracting sexually transmitted infections or HIV/AIDS.

The increasing spread of HIV/AIDS among women and            The increasing spread of HIV/AIDS among women and
sexual violence are interlinked. If governments are          sexual violence are interlinked. If governments are
serious in their fight against the disease they also have    serious in their fight against the disease they also have
to deal with another worldwide “pandemic”: violence          to deal with another worldwide “pandemic”: violence
against women.                                               against women.




                    To find out more:                                            To find out more:
                 Go to actioninsudan.org                                      Go to actioninsudan.org
                      or email us at                                               or email us at
                actioninsudan@gmail.com                                      actioninsudan@gmail.com

								
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