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The Australian Examines HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea

February 10, 2009

The Australian on Saturday examined HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea. According to The Australian, HIV is spreading in the country in large part because of stigma, polygamy and high-risk behaviors, particularly among men. Approximately 2% of the population is living with HIV, and by 2012 that figure could reach 5%, The Australian reports. Almost 50% of Australia's annual $358 million in aid to Papua New Guinea is devoted to HIV/AIDS programs, and 70% of the country's health resources soon will be allocated to programs addressing the disease. Tessie Soi -- coordinator of social work at Port Moresby General Hospital and founder of the nongovernmental organization Friends Foundation -- said that she often arranges burials for HIV-positive people who are abandoned by their families because of their status. She added that in 2007, there were almost 4,000 infants orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The Australian also profiled several HIV-positive people living in Papua New Guinea (Toohey, The Australian, 2/7).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2009 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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