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32 New Cases In Fiji

Thirty-two new HIV infections cases have been reported in Fiji between January and September this year. The President and HIV Ambassador, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, said the ignorance of people of
02 Dec 2014 09:47
32 New  Cases  In Fiji

Thirty-two new HIV infections cases have been reported in Fiji between January and September this year.

The President and HIV Ambassador, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, said the ignorance of people of the risks of contracting the disease had been a contributing factor to the increase.

“We have laws to protect not only people living with HIV, but those affected as well. We understand so much more about the epidemic, but people still ignore or are ignorant of how to protect themselves and others from HIV,” Ratu Epeli said.

While officiating at the World Aids Day celebration in Suva yesterday, he said the day reminded the public and the Government that HIV had not gone away.

“Fiji’s latest HIV statistics continues to remind us of the need to continue to support the response to HIV and AIDS. Although there is a reduction in the number of new infections globally, the same cannot be said about Fiji.

“The global response reports a decline in new HIV infections, including infections in many Pacific island countries. However, Fiji, as of September 2014, reports the cumulative total of 578 confirmed HIV cases since 1989, 32 of which were new infections for the year 2014.”

Ratu Epeli said these figures would continue to rise.

“Over 70 per cent of the total is reported to be through heterosexual transmission, and the epidemic evidently affecting our young people with over 50 per cent falling within the age group of 20-29 – an important group of our most productive citizens between the ages of 20 to 49 years.”

Ratu Epeli also urged members of the community to work together in trying to eliminate the stigma and discrimination against HIV/ AIDS.

More than 300 people marched through Suva city to the Civic Centre in Suva as part of the celebration yesterday.

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