HIV infection, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases would become a major disaster with far reaching repercussions in Tanzania and many other countries if not controlled soon. So said Prof Fred Mhalu of the Muhimbili Medical Centre at a recent seminar organised by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), He said that the HIV infection rate was between 5 and 15% in urban areas and from l to 15% in rural areas but that in Bukoba town the rate was about 30% among adults. Country-wide some 800,000 people had HIV infection. “During the 1990’s AIDS is expected to triple the adult mortality rate and reduce expected population growth by up to 30%” he said. However, there had been significant falls in new cases of other sexually transmitted diseases in some parts of the country – Daily News.

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