Speeding HIV’s deadly spread: multiple, concurrent partners drive disease in Southern Africa

by Craig Timberg

Faruk Maunge, 36, a high school counselor in Francistown, Botswana, points out one of several friends who died of complications from AIDS.

FRANCISTOWN, Botswana — The young and hip at ground zero of the AIDS epidemic meet, drink and pair off under the knowing gaze of bartender Brian Khumalo. Sometimes they first buy a three-pack of condoms from the box he keeps by the liquor, sometimes not.