Lesotho’s Dangerous Climate

Severe droughts could drive new HIV infections in Africa, research in Lesotho illustrates.
 
Teen girls in climate-shocked areas were more likely to drop out of school, become sexually active earlier and contract HIV, according to research ed by Andrea Low, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
 
“I think the real concern is that we have gained a lot in terms of epidemic control ... but there is always a possibility to lose all those gains if a lot of people are displaced due to climate extremes (and) forced migration,” said Low.
 
Thomson Reuters Foundation

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