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June 5, 2008

Refusing HIV Tests in Nation With Highest HIV Rate

Though the southern African nation of Swaziland has the world’s highest HIV rate, a new survey has found that 80 percent of Swazi men would refuse to take an HIV test if offered, Agence France-Presse (AFP)/Yahoo News reports (news.yahoo.com, 5/30). Nearly 40 percent of adults in Swaziland are living with HIV, the AFP reports.

The survey, conducted by Swaziland’s Central Statistics Office, also revealed that only 46 percent of the men surveyed said they would use condoms during sex. Forty percent of the men surveyed felt that spousal abuse is justified under certain circumstances.


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