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Meet the Scientist Who is Developing a New and Improved HIV Test

[Kenya’s capital].”She explains that civil wars had only exacerbated the problem of HIV in the country, and could have possibly been the origin of the virus in the area.“The first cases of HIV were actually recorded or reported in Uganda, in a town called Rakhi — tents near the border with Tanzania,” she says. “And it really devastated our country because we’d just come through a series of civil wars. And actually, I think they trace the way the virus spread to some troops that had come in to help depose one of the dictators, so the route it followed into the country was associated with that.”She adds that, even though she had not been raised in Uganda, she felt the ripple effect of HIV through her Ugandan loved ones.“It was very, very devastating….

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