In June 2002 Ethiopian radios began broadcasting “Yeken Kignit” (“Looking Over One’s Daily Life”), a soap opera about a courageous heroine named Anguach and her handsome husband, Demlew. As the radio drama unfolds, Demlew’s mother meddles in the happy couple’s marriage by persuading a neighbor to seduce him. Demlew succumbs to the temptation and contracts HIV from the neighbor. Although terrified that she might also be HIV-positive, Anguach travels to her local clinic to be tested and finds...

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