4 Dec 2009

Solomons warns of ignorance about HIV

2:07 pm on 4 December 2009

The Solomon Islands HIV Unit in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has sounded a warning about the increasing number of HIV cases in the country.

Co-ordinator of the National AIDS Council, John Gela, says Solomon Islanders are on average ignorant of the disease which he says is alarming for a small country.

He says since 1998 the country has recorded a new HIV case every year.

Mr Gela revealed that during a three-day awareness campaign for World AIDS day, they tested about 600 people.

Solomon Islands has to date recorded 13 HIV cases.