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October 6, 2008

Kenyan Women Risk Getting HIV to Support Families

In effort to support their families, young girls and women in Kenya’s town of Nyatiike are selling more than food to the male miners, PlusNews reports.

For as little as a dollar, the women have sex with the miners to make money.

Migori District HIV/AIDS officer Tom Rakewa believes that poverty is the biggest problem plaguing the area making it difficult for messages about HIV/AIDS awareness to get through the mining community.

“Research shows that Nyatike…has a very high number of women- and child-headed households,” Rakewa said. “When you have such a vulnerable group suffering from both HIV and poverty, you can imagine what the situation puts them in.”

Rakewa states that on average, six of every 10 women who visited the Nyatike sub-district hospital during pregnancy tested HIV positive.

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