Poor contraceptive intake: Ram – FBC News

Renata Ram, UNAIDS country director for the Pacific, says contraception is relatively underused despite efforts to raise awareness.

The Department of Health recorded 151 new HIV cases last year, the highest annual infection since the first reported case in 1989.

Ram says poor contraceptive uptake is compounded by a new emerging threat, uncleaned needle sharing.

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“There are also many sexually transmitted infections that are more symptomatic and show up in the clinic before HIV. These numbers are very high, indicating very low condom use.”

According to UNAIDS, the number of new infections has risen by 116 percent since 2010.

COVID-19 lockdowns and the pandemic itself impacted HIV/AIDS awareness.

Health Minister Dr. However, Ifereimi Waqainabete says antiretroviral drugs have come through to treat HIV.

Last year there were 25 HIV-related deaths, including one child.

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