Kazakhstan: Shymkent’s HIV Scandal, Six Years Later

An investigation found that about 150 children had been infected with HIV in Shymkent public hospitals in 2006. (Photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Seven-year-old Azamat is playing with his siblings at home in a village in southern Kazakhstan, tumbling around on the sofa and giggling. His parents would have found it hard to picture the scene six years ago, when they first learned that their son was HIV-positive.

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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: Shymkent’s HIV Scandal, Six Years Later

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