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Epidemics: AIDS cases increasing in Muslim countries
Aug 14th, 2011 - 14:32:12
Source:* New York Times*
AUTHOR: Donald McNeil Jr.
Dear GYCAers, what shall we say to these things?
AIDS is on the rise in many Muslim countries, driven by men having sex with
other men in secret because of homophobia, religious intolerance and fear of
being jailed or executed, according to a new study.
The new report, released last week in the journal *PLoS Medicine*, was led
by researchers from the Qatar branch of Weill Cornell Medical College who
drew from dozens of smaller studies in Arabic, French and English. About 2
to 3 percent of men in the region have sex with other men, consistent with
global averages, the study found. But condom use is low, gay and bisexual
prostitution is common, and many married men hide their bisexuality and risk
infecting their wives.
In some countries, even male prostitutes often marry for appearances' sake.
Truck drivers, prisoners and street children often have high rates of H.I.V.
infection; in Pakistan, infection rates are rising rapidly among transgender
prostitutes known as hijra. The lowest rates of condom use were reported in
populous countries like Egypt and Pakistan, while they were highest in Sudan
(above), Oman and Lebanon.
To fight their nascent epidemics, some countries have adopted compulsory
H.I.V. testing for marriage licenses and work visas. Because of religious
taboos, accurate statistics on some aspects of health are hard to get from
Middle Eastern governments. For example, international health authorities
say that the world's highest rates of birth defects are in Muslim countries
where cousins are encouraged to marry but that governments are reluctant to
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