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SPC leads talks on HIV awareness

An enhanced and shared approach is being taken to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of men and women in the Pacific FARISHA AHMED Suva The Secretariat of the Pacific
27 Mar 2014 09:51

An enhanced and shared approach is being taken to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of men and women in the Pacific

FARISHA AHMED
Suva
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is on the move to improve the sexual health and wellbeing of men and women in the Pacific.
SPC HIV and STI team leader Dr Dennie Iniakwala said SPC was consulting with Pacific island countries (PICTs), on the Sexual Health and Wellbeing Shared Agenda 2014 to 2018; an enhanced approach to improving the sexual health and wellbeing of men and women in the Pacific.
“The agenda currently in development will replace the Pacific Regional Strategy for HIV and other STIs, which ends this year,” Dr Iniakwala said.
“The shared agenda sets out the vision for addressing sexual health in the region, as identified by 22 Pacific island governments, regional partners, civil society organisations and at-risk groups.
“It examines how best to deliver comprehensive sexual health services and programmes to address interrelated sexual health issues, such as STIs and HIV, unintended pregnancy, gender-based violence and the promotion of positive, healthy relationships.”
SPC encourages the wider community to treat everyone without discrimination.
“Whether we have HIV or not; whether we have a sexually-transmitted infection or not; whether we are a man or woman; boy or girl; we are all human and we all have hopes, fears, desires and destinies,” Dr Iniakwala said.
“HIV and other STIs in the Pacific affect us all and we encourage people to get tests done.”
Meanwhile, the current statistics of HIV in Fiji show 64 new infections for last year and heterosexual relationships remaining the highest cause of HIV transmission with 53 cases reported, followed by five cases of homosexual and one of bisexual transmission.
The 20 to 29-year-old age group recorded the highest number of HIV infections with 28 cases and the total number of HIV positive cases stood at 546 since 1989.
farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj




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