Amnesty International says a “pandemic” of violence against women is fueling the increase of AIDS in women:

Mass rape and sexual violence in conflicts, coupled with collapsing health systems in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, put women at much greater risk of contracting HIV, it said in a report released a day after the United Nations said nearly half of adults with HIV are women.

“The increasing spread of HIV/AIDS among women and sexual violence are interlinked,” Amnesty said. “If governments are serious in their fight against the disease they also have to deal with another worldwide ‘pandemic’: violence against women.”

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More Information:

* World AIDS Day

* AIDS report 2004

* World Vision

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