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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Papua New Guinea to Step Up Condom Distribution to Tackle HIV/AIDS


Int'l Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (02.10.2014) Aids Weekly Plus

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics reported that health officials in Papua New Guinea will combat the spread of HIV by making condoms more readily available. Officials said that HIV and STDs are more common in young people, sex workers, and transgender people. Previous studies have shown that 60 percent of STD diagnoses are in young adults. According to Peter Bire, secretariat director of the National AIDS Council, the small country has an HIV prevalence rate of more than 20 percent. Health officials urge more people to use condoms for their sexual health. “Safe sex is our main priority and we are now looking at reducing the number of AIDS cases by increasing the distribution of condoms," Bire said.


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