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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Civil War Inoculates Angola From AIDS Epidemic
Jeter, Jon
July 26, 1999
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.