Papua New Guinea: Fears Gas Project Will Fuel AIDS Epidemic
January 5, 2010
AIDS advocates in Papua New Guinea fear a planned multibillion-dollar gas project could spark new HIV infections over the next decade. The Exxon-Mobil venture, which is being partly funded by the Australian government, is expected to produce $30 billion (US $26.85 billion) in income over its 30-year lifespan.
"Along the Highlands Highway in Western and Eastern Highlands provinces, prevention, treatment, and care services are being provided by a range of partners receiving Australian assistance," said a spokesperson for Crean.
HIV mitigation efforts will include "closed camps, education and awareness, referral, testing and counseling," said Miles Shaw, a spokesperson for Esso Highlands, which will run the project. At press time, it had not yet released its community health plan.
Sydney Morning Herald
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