HIV/AIDS prevalence rate declines in DRC

Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declined from 1.4 per cent in 2006 to 1.1 per cent in 2013, according to the country's anti-AIDS body PNMLS.

In a document, entitled “HIV/AIDS Profile in DRC”, published Sunday on World AIDS Day, PNMLS indicated that the prevalence rate since 2011 among pregnant women in the DRC stands at 3.5 per cent, down from 4.1 per cent in 2006.

It said the prevalence rate among sex workers was 7.6 per cent, mine workers 2.4 per cent, street children 1.6 per cent and truck drivers 1.3 per cent.

However, PNMLS said HIV/AIDS prevention faces several problems in the DRC, including low use of condoms, a rise in sexual activities before age 15, and inadequate number of counselling and diagnostic centres, which have fallen from 89 in 2009 to 59 in 2012.

The organisation also reported that only 64,219 people are being treated with anti-retroviral medicines, out of about 170,000 who are living with the disease in the DRC.

“Objective Zero: Zero new HIV infection, Zero Discrimination, Zero death linked to AIDS” is the theme chosen by the DRC to celebrate World AIDS Day between 2011 and 2015.
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01 Dezembro 2013 18:25:52

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