HIV and AIDS are savagely shrinking life expectancy rates in southern Africa, said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In Zambia, 32.7% HIV infection rates for adults aged 15-49 has cut average mortality ages from 47.4 in 1990 to 32.7 in 2002. In Swaziland, life expectancy has fallen from 55.3 to 35.7 and Zimbabwe's from 56.6 to 33.9 in the same years.

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