17 Jul 2008

UN reports puts numbers infected by HIV/Aids in PNG lower than expected

10:01 am on 17 July 2008

A comprehensive United Nations report on HIV shows the prevalence of the virus in Papua New Guinea is at epidemic proportions.

However, the report also shows it's not as high as previously thought.

Previous reports showed that two percent of PNG's population was infected with HIV/Aids, but the UN report compiled from an unpredecented number of organisations reveals that the figure is less around one percent six percent.

Community Services Minister, Dame Carol Kidu is quietly confident that change is taking place.

"I think it does indicate that maybe there is some increase awareness going on, and acceptance of the message and behavioural change because of the message."

However, the report shows that it's in the rural areas where the virus is taking a stranglehold.