Washington Post Online (07/25/99)
Analysts say that Angola's 25-year civil war may have helped
curb the spread of HIV within the country. Angola has been
unable to provide sanitized food and water, so there has not
been much international traffic entering the country.
Statistics show that 3.8 percent of Angola's population was
infected with HIV last year, versus 22 percent in neighboring
South Africa and 25 percent in Zimbabwe. However, health
workers admit that accurate statistics are difficult to obtain
and that random samples of blood donors over the last several
years indicate HIV infections in anywhere from 1.5 percent to
9 percent of donors.