PNG LIBRARY FIGHTS AGAINST HIV/AIDS

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University of Technology teams with Morobe Province

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 26, 2009) – The Matheson Library at the University of Technology has taken up the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The library has engaged the Morobe Provincial AIDS Committee (MPAC) and its partners to bring information to the Taraka campus students who did not have access to information on the life threatening epidemic.

Morobe provincial AIDS coordinator Charles Pepe said yesterday that they wanted to bring information on HIV/AIDS right to the students as they were often very busy with their studies.

He said that young people, especially girls, were lured by people with money and cars for sex and ignored safe sex practices.

He said many female students were vulnerable when away from the watchful eyes of their parents and could end up destroying their lives.

He said this was when the Matheson Library initiated the program, which included various partners from the MPAC, Compass,

Lutheran Life Care and Susu Mamas to share their knowledge on the effects of unsafe or unprotected sexual practices involved with alcohol and drugs that could destroy young people.

Mr Pepe urged the students to visit the various stalls and ask questions on the various subjects relating to sexual transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS because ignorance of such useful information could lead to their demise.

He stressed that HIV/AIDS did not discriminate against race, gender and status, adding that information learnt on the mode of transmission and prevention. measures regarding HIV/AIDS could save many lives.

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