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Then, less than two weeks after her announcement, a mob attacked her house, stoned her, kicked her, and beat her with sticks. She died the next day. “She was a nice, bright woman, and now her child is an orphan because of AIDS,’’ said Mercy Makhalemele, a Durban-area administrator. “But not because she died of it. ’’29 In other parts of the world HIV-infected people are victims of violence because of the disease’s association with homosexuality. 3 percent of adults infected, according to a 2004 UNAIDS report.

Worldwide, it is estimated that there are 15 million orphans due to AIDS. More than 12 million of these orphans live in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to dealing with the trauma of losing a parent, AIDS orphans endure other hardships. Often, these children are unable to get the basic necessities, such as shelter, food, clothing, health care, and education. Orphaned children typically end up in another family member’s household. In already poor households, it is difficult to afford care for the extra child or children.

A year later I heard that he died. When I went to his house, his family was gathered there. I said, “What happened? Was he shot? ” His sister told me no, he was sick. ” She told me he was very thin, and he couldn’t talk, then all of a sudden he just lost a lot of weight. 22 Without a Voice “Many girls in India and Bangladesh are married at a young age to older men. Child marriages are meant to ‘protect’ girls, yet, in fact, marriage is one of the highest risk factors for HIV. Young men sometimes have sex with men before marriage and commonly engage in affairs or visit prostitutes afterward.

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