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2007 International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies (4th ICEDS) A Multidisciplinary Conference on the Challenges of Peace and Development in Ethiopia & the Horn of Africa, held in Kalamazoo, Michigan (WMU), August 2-4, 2007

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Ethiopia is facing a huge threat to the survival of its people and the socio-economic development of the country from a generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ethiopia with an estimated 1.3 million HIV/AIDS infected people as of December 2006, is one of the worst-affected countries where HIV infection is concentrating among productive age group, thereby affecting productivity. The objective of this study is to examine the ways in which the government of Ethiopia has been dealing with the spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia and suggests the ways in which it can improve its strategies. More specifically, the study tried to investigate the major cause of the spread of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, the government’s strategies against the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country and to what extent have they been effective and in what ways they could be improved. The data were collected in eastern part of Ethiopia and also key informants in Addis Ababa were interviewed. The data indicated that HIV related stigma is one of the major causes of the spread of the disease and suggests the need for the further research.