Sub-Saharan African women dare to dream in an HIV nightmare

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Sub-Saharan African women dare to dream in an HIV nightmare

Meet the young Ugandan sex workers on the new front line of the war on the virus

Paul Nuki

Bright and proper in a vivid print dress, Fauza has been offered the only lucky break she has ever had – and seems determined to make the most of it.

She is with 27 others, all girls and young women, sitting on plastic chairs in a scruffy trading post in Jinja, a poor rural district just a few hours’ drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

These young women occupy the new front line of the war on HIV in Uganda and much of sub-Saharan Africa – an epidemic in which women aged 15 to 24 are up to 14 times more likely to be infected by the virus than men...

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