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December 21, 2010

Food Crisis Worsens AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

The rising cost of foods and the changing landscape in agriculture are exacerbating the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, the Inter Press Service (IPS) reports. AIDS-related deaths have lead to a loss of agricultural labor and community stability. At the same time, climate changes and other factors have driven up food prices in more than 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. When food and nutrition are unattainable, people may choose to drop out of school or exchange sex for commodities, both of which increase the risk for HIV. According to the World Food Program, 22 of the 30 high-risk countries in sub-Saharan Africa need external food assistance.

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