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On the border between Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, a challenge in supporting HIV-positive women

18 Sep 2014
Armed conflict, extreme poverty and a porous border have contributed to high HIV prevalence rates

Ten years of armed conflict and perpetual insecurity have driven HIV prevalence in Côte d'Ivoire higher -- especially among women in the western zone on the Liberian border. Many of these women were infected as a result of sexual violence perpetuated by one or another of the marauding armed groups that terrorized the region for over a decade; others were infected after turning to prostitution to escape extreme poverty.

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