HIV and AIDS
Though HIV prevalence remains low, Pacific youth have limited access to information and knowledge related to sexual reproduction. Combined with low condom use and high rates of forced sex, this explains why sexually transmitted infections remain endemic in the region, with chlamydia infection rates among the highest in the world. Poor risk perception and limited health services for young people are additional factors that indicate that the spread of HIV in the Pacific region remains a serious threat.
From 2013 to 2017, the HIV and AIDS programme will build on past successes to achieve the following results for children and youth: