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Turkey ramps up HIV awareness campaign

As the HIV rate among Turks has sharply increased over the last decade, the Turkish government has started raising awareness among university students.
Activists hold banners during a HIV/AIDS awareness rally on World AIDS day in central Istanbul December 1, 2010. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E6C11SKP01

ISTANBUL — Altan (a pseudonym) cried for two hours after his doctor told him he was infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Following his diagnosis, he searched online for more information about the disease, as he had not learned about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) while in school.

During his research, the 29-year-old realized he wasn’t alone.

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