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South African Independent Online ‎Examines Efforts To Address ‎HIV/AIDS In Somaliland‎
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Counterfeit Money Trial Opens For ‎Abdillahi Yusuf’s Son-In-Law In Dubai

Somaliland Legislators Defend ‎Independence, Ties With Ethiopia‎   

Gareth Evans Appointed to UN ‎Genocide Panel

Kenya To Fight Piracy Off Somalia's Coast‎

Hundreds Protest Water Price Rise In ‎Somaliland‎‎

‎South African Independent Online ‎Examines Efforts To Address ‎HIV/AIDS In Somaliland‎

Regional Affairs

Kenya: Auditor-General Exposes ‎Major Abuse Of Public Funds

Sana’a Alliance To Demand Lifting Of ‎UN Arms Embargo On Somalia‎

Ethiopian Ex-Fighters Demand Compensation‎

Militia Clash At Somali Government ‎Base Baidoa

Good Prospects In Africa-India Trade ‎Relations: Zenawi‎‎‎‎

Special Humanitarian Envoy Says Ethiopia ‎Has Lessons To Share With Its Neighbors

Special Humanitarian Envoy Attends ‎‎‘Historic’ Pastoralist Gathering In Ethiopia‎‎‎‎

Somalia Reconciliation Efforts Launched ‎In Baidoa‎‎

Somalia Cautious On Reports U.S. ‎Funds Fighting‎‎

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Blair Reshuffles Cabinet After Election Losses

Britain Plans To Deport Nearly All ‎Foreigners Convicted Of Crimes

yaan Hirsi Magan Ordered Out Of ‎Secure Home‎‎‎

Alleged Pirates Freed After US Declines To ‎Prosecute‎

'WPC Murder Suspect In Somalia'‎‎‎

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

African Cooperation Growing on Anti-‎Terrorism, U.S. Report Says‎‎

Blair’s Spokesman On John Prescott

Food for thought

Opinions

The Day of Somaliland Students Died ‎Young: Any Hero To Revive?‎‎

The Budget Of Somaliland Fiscal Year 2006

Very Interesting Findings Of The ‎Qur’an......Miracles‎‎

Leadership Forum For Advancing Inter-‎Faith Dialogue to Prevent Conflict‎‎‎‎‎


Pretoria, May 03, 2006 - South Africa's Independent Online on Tuesday examined efforts in Somaliland, a self-proclaimed republic in northwest Somalia, to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. HIV prevalence in Somaliland is 1.4%, but health authorities warn that a lack of information about the virus, as well as cultural and religious beliefs, could contribute to an increase in HIV prevalence. According to Deq Saeed of UNAIDS Somaliland, HIV prevalence "has increased tremendously over the past four years, but still a majority of the population [is] not serious about [the virus'] consequences." In addition, misconceptions about HIV/AIDS are widespread, and some local people believe that the virus cannot be found in Somaliland, the Independent Online reports. Stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS also are hampering efforts to control the spread of the virus in the region. Some health experts say that some people have been assaulted by relatives for being HIV-positive. Somaliland in 2005 established a commission to plan and coordinate efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, and antiretroviral drugs provided by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees are distributed to HIV-positive residents at no cost, which has encouraged people to seek counseling and testing services, according to the Independent Online ( Independent Online, 5/2).

Source: Kaiser Network


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