More women being infected with HIV in Pointe-Noire

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – More women are being infected by the HIV virus in Pointe-Noire, the major economic and industrial centre in southern Congo, according to a survey carried out by the HIV/AIDS Department.

The survey reveals that out of 6,903 women who underwent the AIDS test during prenatal consultations, 322 of them were HIV positive.

The coordinator of the Departmental in Pointe-Noire and Kouilou in the south, Dr Jean-Pierre Kouendolo, said firm action must be taken to protect women.

“In 2011, our actions will focus on prevention. We will highlight the fight against the infection of women in the age of procreation and their partners, the prevention of pregnancies by HIV positive women and mother-child transmission, as well as global follow-up,” Dr Kouendolo said.

In addition to the actions meant for women, other primary preventive and follow-up actions will continue, he said.

The HIV prevalence rate in the city of Pointe-Noire was estimated at 4.6% in 2009 as against 5% in 2005, while the national AIDS prevalence rate is estimated at 3.2% in 2010 as against 4.1% in 2009.
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20 december 2010 22:40:18




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