7 Dec 2007

More AIDS cases in Samoa

6:35 pm on 7 December 2007

The number of HIV/aids cases in Samoa has jumped by 25 percent after three young people were diagnosed with the disease.

Two men and a woman are the latest to contract HIV which first struck Samoa in the 1990s.

The last reported cases were back in 2002.

The Ministry of Health is holding an educational two day workshop for young people in collaberation with the Aids Foundation.

The Aids Foundation project manager, Peone Fuimaono, says attitudes have slowly been changing in Samoa towards Aids victims.

"It's not as difficult as it was with the first publicly declared case. I think the country has come to accept her story and her testamony, and paved the way for those new cases and I think there's more empathy now and sympathy for people now than it was ten years ago."

Peone Fuimaono from the Aids Foundation