11 Apr 2003

PNG diagnoses 6000 AIDS cases in last quarter

4:07 pm on 11 April 2003

Papua New Guinea says it has had more than 6-thousand people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the last quarter, with the figure likely to increase as the testing and reporting system improves.

The National AIDS Council says more than 150 cases were being reported every month although the system could not tell whether they were all new cases.

The Post Courier newspaper quotes the statistical officer Agnes Gege as saying some people who were tested positive could be travelling to Port Moresby for confirmation if they did not trust the provincial testing facilities.

Mrs Gege says with awareness of the condition, she expects the figures to increase, at least for some years.