From Tragedy Towards Hope

Men, Women and the AIDS Epidemic

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This book tells the real life stories of men and women who live with the HIV/AIDS virus and have triumphed over it. It describes the impact of the virus on people and communities, and the initiatives taken by UNAIDS and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). It delves into the myths and rituals that surround women, sex and sexuality, and helps readers understand the human consequences of the epidemic for those affected, their families, communities and society at large.



Living Positively in Changing Demographics

The epidemic is taking its toll…According to the latest population report prepared by the population division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, children born in 29 sub-Saharan African nations face a life expectancy of just 47 years because of the toll the epidemic is taking in the region. This life expectancy figure represents a 16-year drop. In the absence of HIV/AIDS life expectancy in these countries would have been 63 years


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