Sri Lankan Health Official Says Strong Family Bonds, Family Values Responsible for Low Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Country
September 2, 2008
Supportive family values and strong family bonds, in addition to the practice of monogamy, have contributed to the low prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka, Health Care and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said recently at the second Asia Pacific Regional Meeting on universal access to HIV prevention in the Philippines, Sri Lanka's Daily News reports. The adult HIV prevalence is less than 0.1% in Sri Lanka, De Silva said. He added that at the end of 2007, the estimated number of people living with HIV was 3,500 to 4,000.
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