Papua New Guinea Has Highest HIV/AIDS, STI Rate in Asia-Pacific Region
July 7, 2008
Papua New Guinea has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections in the Asia-Pacific region, according to medical researchers and experts speaking at the 40th anniversary and colloquium of the PNG Institute of Medical Research, PACNews/Islands Business reports. During an HIV/AIDS presentation, physician John Millan said that by December 2007, more than 23,000 cases have been reported in the country, including 5,000 new diagnoses. More than 76,000 HIV-positive people live in the country. Ninety-four percent of HIV/AIDS cases in Papua New Guinea were transmitted through heterosexual practices and 4% were transmitted through other methods, he added.
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