Increasing Number of STIs Put Fiji Youth at Risk of HIV/AIDS, Health Official Says
October 7, 2008
Recent statistics from Fiji's Health Ministry on Sexually Transmitted Infections are a cause for concern, and the high rate of STIs among people ages 20 to 29 put them at an increased risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, Fiji's Director of Public Health Josaia Samuela said recently, the Fiji Times reports. Statistics gathered over the past eight years by the ministry show that gonorrhea and syphilis are the most frequently reported STIs in the country, which Samuela said "highlights the underlying concern of unsafe sexual behavior among young people" and the "same high-risk behavior for the transmission of HIV." He also said that "sex is serious business" and that "[a]nyone, especially young people, who participates does so at their risk, in view of the sad consequences of infection from so many STIs including HIV, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility."
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