PNG AIDS CONFERENCE TOLD OF RAPID SPREAD OF THE DISEASE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 12, 1999 - Radio Australia)---The Papua New Guinea National AIDS Council is pessimistic about controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.

The Director of the Council's Secretariat, Clement Malau, says the country is probably one of the most difficult places in the world to develop effective counter measures.

He was speaking at the start of a week-long Islands Regional HIV/AIDS workshop in Rabaul.

Dr. Malau said among the difficulties facing the government and Non-Government Organizations, was the cultural and geographical diversity of the country.

He said since the first HIV case was detected in 1987, national reports indicate that PNG had more than 600 new cases of HIV and over 150 new cases of AIDS each year.

Dr. Malau said constructive planning was needed for an effective national response to HIV/AIDS.

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