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HIV on the rise

The latest statistics on HIV in Sri Lanka clearly shows that the HIV prevalence rate among Sri Lankan males between the age of 19 and 25 is on the increase, HIV/AID Control Programme Director Dr. Rasanjali Hettiarachchi said.

According to Dr. Hettiarachci, the statistics had been collected by islandwide clinics. The Sri Lankan society should pay special attention towards this pathetic situation and the parents and teachers should take care of young sons in families.

“By 2020 it is estimated that there would be around 3600 HIV positive cases in Sri Lanka but only 2000 of them had been registered with clinics. The rest of these HIV positive cases (1600) are freely moving in society without knowing that they are HIV positive. This poses a significant threat to society,” she said.

“Any person can visit the nearest HIV/AIDs clinic located at state hospitals and get themselves tested for HIV free of charge without their identities being revealed and personal information kept confidential,” she added.

 


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