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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Breaking the silence on AIDS in Egypt and the Arab World

An estimated 34 million people are living with HIV and AIDS across the globe.

Many don't even know they have it, but of those who do more than nine million are still not getting vital treatment.

That ratio is particularly bad in countries where the virus is stigmatised, such as Egypt. The UN estimates around 11,000 people there have HIV, but only 400 are seeking treatment.

But now one man is trying to change that. Magid is the first HIV positive person to speak out in Egypt about his experience.

He told Al Jazeera his story.

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