14 Jun 2013

Fiji president warns students not to be complacent over HIV

6:32 pm on 14 June 2013

The president of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who is also the country's HIV ambassador, says 124 patients are being treated for HIV at 3 hubs around Fiji.

Ratu Epeli told Dudley High School students that this is an an increase of 50 per cent from 2009.

Fiji Live reports him saying that those living with the virus need to be encouraged to have treatment and not to prolong its process as it might prove fatal.

He says although the prevalence rate for HIV is low in Fiji people should not take this for granted and try to keep it low.

Ratu Epeli says there is no room for complacency as HIV is in Fiji and it will take a lot to fight the disease.

The website notes that there are 62 new cases of HIV in Fiji.