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HIV mostly affecting the young population in Fiji

June 15, 2015 6:36 pm

HIV remains a threat for young Fijians.

As of December 2014, there were 610 cases of HIV in Fiji – 64 of them were reported between January and December last year.

Acting National Advisor Family Health, Dr Rachel Devi says about 70 percent of people living with HIV in Fiji are between the ages of 20 to 29.

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The other risk categories are between the ages of 30 to 39 and the mid 40s.

“It goes across in terms of either your married, single, I mean living with a partner etc, if they’re in a de facto relationship, it goes right across.”

She says there has been progress in removing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV – people are learning to accept family members who have been diagnosed HIV positive.

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