30 Jul 2005

Solomons officials urged to integrate HIV/Aids prevention into wider health programme

8:36 am on 30 July 2005

Authorities in Solomon Islands have been warned that sexual and reproductive health programmes can't be effective without integrating HIV/Aids prevention.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the comments came from Dr Steve Aumanu, writing in the Voice Katolika magazine.

Dr Aumanu says that most HIV infections in Solomon Islands occur through sexual intercourse, and he says this fact presents a challenge for behaviour change programmes.

He suggests HIV/Aids prevention should be integrated into reproductive health programmes.

Dr Aumanu also warns that prevention of infection can't be achieved without educational programmes on all aspects of sexual reproductive health.