HIV/AIDS NUMBERS CONTINUE TO RISE IN THE PACIFIC REGION

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 1, 2000 – Radio Australia)---World health officials say the number of people in the Pacific region contracting sexually transmitted infections, including the deadly HIV/AIDS, is steadily increasing.

They estimate that the number of people in the region who have been infected with HIV/AIDS is probably 10 to 20-times higher than official records show (see Pacific Community chart below).

Papua New Guinea's HIV/AIDS problem has been declared "very serious" by world standards, with well over 2,000 people infected.

The World Health Organization’s Pacific Advisor on HIV/AIDS, Steven Vete, says another 2,000 people have also contracted the disease in the wider Pacific.

"The most dramatic is, of course, Papua New Guinea. The number of officially reported cases from Papua New Guinea has increased very, very dramatically over the last few years.

"The rest of the Pacific is classified by the World Health Organization WHO as not so serious but the indicators, such as sexually transmitted infections, shows that we need to be very, very careful and to intensify efforts to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

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NUMBER OF CASES OF HIV/AIDS IN PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES As of 30 November 2000

COUNTRIES

As at

HIV

(including AIDS)

AIDS

 

 

American Samoa

15/2/99

Cook Is.

15/11/00

Fed. States of Micron.

25/1/00

7

5

Fiji

14/9/00

62

12

French Polynesia

31/10/00

205

74

Guam

21/10/00

137

63

Kiribati

29/11/99

30

10

Marshall Islands

27/2/98

9

2

Nauru

20/10/97

1

New Caledonia

29/11/00

225

82

Niue

16/10/00

Northern Mariana Is.

31/8/98

16

8

Palau

18/10/00

2

2

Papua New Guinea

30/6/00

2848

1031

Pitcairn

31/10/00

Samoa

28/8/98

9

6

Solomon Is.

3/8/96

1

Tokelau

15/11/00

Tonga

15/2/00

12

8

Tuvalu

25/6/99

2

Vanuatu

15/2/99

Wallis and Futuna

16/10/00

2

1

Sources: Reports dated 15/2/99 are taken from World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office web site. All other figures are from SPC HIV/AIDS and STD Project database.

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