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The World : AIDS Spreading in Haiti

July 06, 1986

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome is spreading rapidly and now is Haiti's top health problem, according to Public Health Minister Michel Lominy. Although there is no official tally, Lominy's office estimates there may be 150,000 to 675,000 Haitians infected with AIDS. "It's a considerable number for a country of 6 million people," he said. The incurable disease, believed to be transmitted through sexual contact and blood transfusions, prevents the body from fighting infections.

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