by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
HIV/AIDS is increasing and is posing a serious developmental challenge in Bougainville.
This was the message from Dr Joe Vilosi, Director of Clinical Operations at the Arawa Health Centre during last night’s candle march in Arawa.
Dr Vilosi said the Autonomous Bougainville Government must address this epidemic at all costs.
Dr Vilosi says the hospital registry shows 50 people living with HIV/AIDS under anti-retroviral treatment (ART); however, more than 100 are living with the virus in AROB.
He urged parents to protect their children from social activities that encourages risky sexual behaviour that may lead to acquiring the HIV virus.
A HIV/AIDS positive advocate and counsellor, Sylvester Pokana drew applause from everyone when he publicly declared his status. Mr Pokana said no-one can deny the presence of HIV/AIDS.
“I get a lot of support when I declare openly that I have the HIV virus.”
He said more efforts must be done to curb the spread of the virus.