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HIV Positive SAfrica Woman Murdered


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - A 36-year-old woman was beaten to death after disclosing she was HIV positive, a newspaper has reported. Gugu Dlamini was beaten last Saturday in KwaMancinza, a town in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, where an estimated 20 to 30 percent of the population has HIV or AIDS. She died of her injuries in the hospital, The Star reported Wednesday.

Dlamini had publicly disclosed her HIV status at an AIDS awareness gathering. Details on when the gathering took place were not immediately available, and it was unclear if the murder was directly linked to her disclosure.

However, some officials saw a link.

"It could be one of our most devastating setbacks in our fight against AIDS if it prevents people from going out and telling their partners their status and advising others on how to live with the disease," Health Department spokesman Dave McGlew was quoted as saying in the Johannesburg newspaper.

Dlamini is survived by a 13-year-old daughter.


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Information in this article was accurate in December 28, 1998. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.