6 Feb 2003

PNG students warned about STD risks

4:58 pm on 6 February 2003

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea have been told that young people in PNG are at high risk of catching sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

The executive dean of Health Sciences and Medicine, Dr Mathias Sapuri, says 20 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

Dr Sapuri says the latest figures from the National AIDS council show 7 percent of the PNG students, including high schools students, have been infected with HIV/AIDS.

Dr Sapuri also says a Port Moresby General Hospital study has revealed that 60 percent of pregnancies of young women were unplanned.

He says the students should use contraceptives and look after themselves so they can complete their studies.