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Prejudice and stigma remain powerful barriers in Africa's fight against AIDS. Misinformation, bigotry and indifference can be found everywhere, from tiny villages to presidential offices. Nowhere is that more so than in Swaziland, a mountainous southern African country with the world's highest rate of HIV infection. An astonishing 42.6% of adult Swazis are HIV-positive. It doesn't help that Swaziland's ruler, King Mswati, 37, who is Africa's last absolute monarch, sets such a bad example. Mswati may advocate abstinence and faithfulness, but he hardly practices what he preaches. In September he chose his 13th wife, a 17-year-old girl he picked out at...

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