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HIV infection spreading among young adult men in SL

HIV infections have become an epidemic among young adult men (18-40 years) in Sri Lanka, Consultant Venerologist attached to the National STD/AIDS Control Programme of the Health Ministry Dr. Chandrika Jayakody (MBBS, Dip (Ven), MD (Ven), DFSRH (UK) said.

Addressing a press conference held at the Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) in Colombo yesterday, she said that getting their blood tested for HIV is important for them as well as for society. The Western Province always records the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases.

Dr. Chandani Hettiarachchi of the National STD/AIDS Control Programme said Sri Lanka expects to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2025. Several programmes have been implemented to achieve this target.

Consultant Venerologist attached to the National STD/AIDS Control Programme Dr. Lilani Rajapaksa said a large number of HIV positive persons seek medical treatment from unqualified doctors believing they can get cured of HIV but it is a myth. There is no drug or vaccine anywhere in the world that can cure HIV/AIDS.

But all HIV patients can lead a normal life only through using Western medicine prescribed by a qualified doctor. There are 1,600 HIV positive persons living healthy, happy and normal lives in Sri Lanka by obtaining proper medical treatment available free at state hospitals.

The latest HIV testing technology can detect the virus within weeks of infection. Over 300 new HIV positive cases were detected in Sri Lanka by September 30 this year. The news cases were detected among those between 18 and 49 years of age.


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