AIDS Belt

AIDS Belt

A term used early in the AIDS epidemic, which referred to a group of tropical African nations with more than 1,000 cases of AIDS, where AIDS affected heterosexuals and was linked to increased sexual activity; the "belt" countries were: Burundi, Central African Republic, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, and Zambia.
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Here in Malawi, in the heart of the Sub-Saharan Aids belt, people greet such statements incredulously.
At the time I had just returned from two years as a Fulbright lecturer in the Central African country of Rwanda, the buckle, we might say, of the so-called African AIDS belt and the setting for Gorillas in the Mist, the recent Hollywood bio-pic of Dian Fossey.
In the "African AIDS Belt," including countries such as Burundi, the Central African Republic, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, and Zambia, the loss from AIDS due to economic slowing has been estimated at $980 million by 1990.
and Canada, including the Ontario Provincial Health Laboratories, and also included samples from the known African AIDS belt.

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