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HIV/AIDS is striking down African adults in the prime of their lives, leaving millions of orphans to struggle on without parents. Globally, about 3 million deaths a year can be traced to HIV/AIDS - uncles, aunts, grandparents and governments must carry the burden of caring for more and more orphans. These children often lose much more than a mother or father. Orphans are often forced to care for siblings or sick relatives, meaning they must give up school or jobs. Many face discrimination - the stigma of HIV/AIDS persists in many countries - while others not lucky enough to find family or community support end up living on the streets, begging, stealing or trading sex for food and money. Having lost a parent or parents to AIDS, many orphans are themselves vulnerable to HIV infection.
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