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Papua New Guinea to step up condom distribution to tackle HIV/Aids
Authorities in Papua New Guinea are looking to tackle the spread of HIV/Aids by increasing the availability of condoms.
According to the National Aids Council, HIV and sexually transmitted infections tend to be most common among young adults, Islands Business reports.
Indeed, figures show that this group accounts for more than 60 per cent of sexually transmitted disease notifications in the country.
Peter Bire, secretariat director of the National Aids Council, also pointed out that Papua New Guinea has an HIV/Aids prevalence rate of more than 20 per cent.
Sex workers and transgender people were said to be particularly vulnerable to infection, along with young adults who experiment with various sexual activities.
Mr Bire added that authorities in Papua New Guinea are now looking to encourage more people to use contraception.
"Safe sex is our main priority and we are now looking at reducing the number of Aids cases by increasing the distribution of condoms," he commented.
Posted by David Smith