HIV prevalence drops in Congo

Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Health Minister Georges Moyen announced Tuesday in Brazzaville that the HIV prevalence in his country had dropped from 4.
1% in 2003 to 3.
2% in 2009.
He said the figures came from a survey recently carried out by the National AIDS Control Council (CNLS), with support from the National Statistics Centre, as well as economic surveys and the national public health laboratory.
Speaking on the occasion of the World AIDS Day, marked every year 1 Dec, Moyen s tressed the need to emphasise on sensitising the public to achieve better results in the fight against the pandemic and the related stigma.
"I would like to ask our compatriots not to miss the target in the war we are wa ging against HIV/AIDS.
Our common enemy is HIV/AIDS, not people living with the virus," he said.
"To stop the spread of HIV, we need to build a strategic partnership with people living with the virus,'' the Congolese Minister added.

01 december 2009 14:31:00

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