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‘HIV/AIDS Everybody’s Business’

HIV and AIDS is no longer somebody else’s business, says Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. The President made the comment yesterday while answering questions from students and parents of Gau Secondary School
16 Jun 2015 12:00
‘HIV/AIDS  Everybody’s Business’

HIV and AIDS is no longer somebody else’s business, says Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

The President made the comment yesterday while answering questions from students and parents of Gau Secondary School and Koro High School on HIV and AIDS.

Ratu Epeli, who is also the United National Pacific HIV and AIDS Ambassador, told high school students from the two schools in the Lomaiviti Group on the need to practice safe sex, abstinence and being faithful.

He also highlighted the need for parents to start talking about the virus with their children instead of relying on teachers and doctors.

“Fiji has 610 cases of HIV since it was first reported in 1989 and it has become a matter of life and death for everybody. So to call it a taboo issue is not good enough.”

He said while Fiji remained a low prevalence country in terms of overall statistics the steady rise in numbers was a concern for the country.

“Fiji has a population of 880,000 people; that’s not even a million people so it’s 610 cases too many,” Ratu Epeli said.

Since the 43 new cases recorded in 2009, over the years this number has been steadily increasing with 33 new cases in 2010, 53 in 2011, 62 in 2012, 64 in 2013 and 64 in 2014.

Ratu Epeli is currently travelling to Vanuabalavu where he will address students of Adi Maopa Secondary, Ratu Finau Secondary and Yasayasa Moala High School before returning to Suva. DEPTFO NEWS

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