News HIV/AIDS cases rise in Fiji

Updated at 7:47 pm on 28 November 2012

The number of people in Fiji diagnosed with HIV/AIDS has risen to 449 after Fiji's Ministry of Health recorded 30 new HIV/AIDS cases in the first six months of this year alone.

Speaking at Government House in Suva this week, the nation's President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, said young people were most at risk.

Cherie McQuilkin reports.

"The president said half of those with the disease in Fiji are aged 15 to 29 years. The news website Fiji Live says he told the gathering at Government House there were 53 new infections last year, more than the 33 new cases in 2010. World Aids Day will be marked in Suva on Saturday, with the theme this year being zero new infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS related deaths. The president said Fiji has progressed in some areas leadership, stigma, discrimination and legal framework in order to achieve the goal of zero new infections but the onus now lies with the people."

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