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University students discussing 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:
  • More HIV positive children, women and their families in selected areas have access to and are benefiting from quality Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission interventions
  • More “at risk” populations engage in HIV-risk reduction behaviors
  • HIV prevention, care and support is facilitated, implemented and monitored by traditional, religious and women leaders, local government representatives, teachers and health care workers

 

 

 

 

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