HIV Statistics: Numbers in PNG Stable

According to AIDS Council Secretariat,the number of people contracting HIV in Papua New Guineais relatively stable.


Bet those statistics comes from places nearest to towns and cities, and those that have access to good health care facilities,the chairman ofthe national aids council secretariat Dr. Benare Ben said.

“When we comparethe statistics of allthe people we tested, we have seen thatthe statistics have nether increase nor decrease,” Dr. Ben said.   

The statistics don’t guarantee thaPNG is seeing a decline in people contracting HIV.  


WhilPNG’s economy is growing,the NACS saysthere are more chances of people to contract HIV.


Businesses are poised to expand, living standards will improver, and people with limited means of earning an income will be exposed to unsafe sexual behaviors.


“School fee problem, broken family are just some reason given by young girls”, Dr. Ben said while referring to a previous HIV survey conducted inthe West New Beitain Province. 

Overthe past decade, international health bodies and both government and non-government health agencies have repeatedly reminded us ofthe dangers of HIV. And, that information can be recited from memory.


Earlier this monththe Morobe provincial HIV committee echoed those same sentiments.


“Every district should now be working towards setting uptheir district AIDS committee” said Nelly Mclay,the chairlady ofthe MPAC.

They want more awareness programs to reach rural parts ofthe province where HIV is becoming an epidemic.   


Those who conduct awareness on HIV and AIDS in Papua New Guineasay more awareness needs to be conducted all overthe country.  


The NACS says it is now everyone’s responsibility to take ownership ofthe addressingthe HIV issue.

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