Cape Verde: HIV/AIDS prevalence rate low in Cape Verde

Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has not risen in Cape Verde, where it remained at 0.8% for sometime now, the coordination committee on the fight against AIDS (CCS-AIDS) said here Thursday.

Although the disease affects victims in the nine islands of the country, it is, however, more pronounced in Sao Vicente, Boa Vista and Sal, which are nation's highest tourist destinations.

Statistics released by CCS-SIDA say that the prevalence rate with drug consumers is 3.6%.

Meanwhile, Cape Verde has established a national plan against AIDS (PENLS) for the period 2011-2015, financed by the Global fund for about 8.9 million euros.

PENLS is forecasting that in 2015, six main action plans will be established to manage strategic information on the situation and the dynamics of the pandemic, the prevention of infection, continuous treatment and medical care, and the promotion of a favourable ethic and legal environment.

The commemoration of the international AIDS day on 1 December was celebrated in remembrance of victims who have died or are infected by the disease.

According to statistics released by the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.1 million new infections, including 1.9 million adults and 240,000 below the age of 15, were recorded in 2013.

Since the first case reported in 1981, AIDS has already killed 30 million people and there are 35 million more living with the virus, including 31.8 million adults and 3.2 million below 15 years.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region where one out of 20 adults is infected.
-0- PANA CS/TON/CJB/JSG/MSA/VAO 4Dec2014

04 december 2014 14:20:26




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