U.S. Ambassador Tours Papua New Guinea STI Clinic That Offers HIV Testing, Counseling
September 30, 2008
U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Leslie Rowe on Friday visited the newly established sexually transmitted infection clinic in the capital of Port Moresby, which also provides HIV testing and other services, the Papua New Guinea Post Courier reports. The clinic was set up by HOPE Worldwide Papua New Guinea and Family Health International and receives funding from USAID. According to statistics released by the clinic, five out of 75 people who access voluntary HIV testing and counseling each week at the clinic test HIV-positive. In addition, 1,250 people as of Friday had attended the clinic. According to clinic medical officer George Low, the HIV cases detected at the clinic occur among different age groups, including young people. He added that a large number of people test positive for STIs other than HIV at the clinic.
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