World AIDS Day highlights PNG's growing HIV problem | Pacific Beat

World AIDS Day highlights PNG's growing HIV problem

World AIDS Day highlights PNG's growing HIV problem

Updated 1 December 2014, 17:29 AEDT

Papua New Guinea has over ninety per cent of AIDS cases in the Pacific, and was labeled as on track to 'pandemic' rates earlier in the year.

Sex workers and the transgender community are hundreds of times more likely to contract HIV and AIDS than the rest of the population.

Today is World AIDS Day, aimed at raising awareness and reflecting on lives lost to the deadly illness.

Although treatment is becoming more available, UNAIDS country coordinator for Papua New Guinea Stuart Watson says rates are continuing to rise.

Presenter: Yara Murray-Atfield

Speaker: Stuart Watson, UNAIDS country coordinator for Papua New Guinea

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