HIV/AIDS

High risk of resistance to HIV drugs

Joe Yalopa is a HIV counsellor from Goroka who now lives and works in East Sepik.

He is with the VCCT unit of the Sepik Centre of Hope, and is quite concerned about what currently lacks in the advocacy and awareness space for HIV and AIDS in the province.

In his 12 years of deployment, Yalopa has seen the highs and success of response to advocacy and now the lows of lack of advocacy and awareness.

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Over K25m spent per year on AIDS treatment: Minister

Speaking at the recent observance of World AIDS Day, Health Minister Jelta Wong said: “The government, in its 2020 budget, has set aside an additional K10 million for HIV/AIDS treatment.”

Wong said the first case of HIV was diagnosed in 1987 in Port Moresby. Seven years later, PNG’s HIV epidemic was described as being generalised when 1 percent of the sexually active population in the country were diagnosed with HIV infection.

Staggering HIV stats in Porgera

In addition, since March this year alone, of the 999 patients that have undergone HIV testing at the PUC, 49 have been confirmed positive.

Masi Mangan Pakyo highlighted this on 3 September during a presentation of HIV support materials by the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) to the clinic.

“Right now we don’t have HIV medicines but we provide counselling and testing and we give people hope and we do what we can to help,” she said.

120,000 condoms donated

This comes as the country faces a shortage of supplies relating to combating the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The donation was made at the National AIDS Council Secretariat headquarters in Port Moresby in the presence of the US Ambassador to PNG, Catherine Ebert-Gray.

The 40 cartons of strawberry scented condoms and 120 cartons of water based lubricants were unloaded and placed in the NAC’s office.

O’Neill thanks US for help in health care delivery

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has expressed Papua New Guinea’s appreciation and gratitude to the United States Government for its ongoing healthcare engagement and in logistical support for APEC Papua New Guinea 2018.

PM O’Neill made the remarks during a courtesy call from the United States’ Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, H.E. Catherine Ebert-Gray, in Port Moresby.

Mini Expo shows work done to address HIV by churches

This was an opportunity for churches and stakeholders who are working with the churches to showcase their work in relation to addressing HIV and other cross cutting issues.

The summit has brought together all heads of churches in the country to further discuss HIV, learn from the current HIV situation, and identify existing gaps in the response and how the churches as a collective voice can address these issues within their network.

Christian leaders HIV Summit elaborate on issues

 

There were closed door sessions only for the leaders to elaborate further on these issue and in the end come up with sets of recommendations as a way forward to their response to tackling HIV and GBV related matters in the country.

It is anticipated that from this summit, the outcomes would include understanding the level of active involvement and participation of church leaders in HIV advocacy.

Proposed refugees' brothel concerns Manus PPC

Senior Inspector David Yapu said it will be illegal and also against Papua New Guinea’s Christian principles. The brothel will create more social problems and unwanted pregnancy, including the spread of HIV/AIDS, now prevalent on the Island.

“The brothel will become an issue affecting our traditional family morals and values with young girl and mothers servicing those asylum seekers for the sake of easy money,” says PPC Yapu.

Rural areas at risk of HIV spreading

This is one of the key findings in the 2015 Inquiry Report on the status of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.

It was revealed by West New Britain Governor and Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee on HIV/AIDS Advocacy, Sasindran Muthuvel, in Parliament yesterday.

“HIV/AIDS fury is far reaching and rampant in the remote rural communities while many people lack knowledge and risks of how HIV/AIDS is spreading and blamed AIDS related deaths to sorcery.

VCT centre concerned on spread of HIV/AIDS in Jiwaka Province

Apart from coordinating the TVET courses for women, the centre is an abode for people seeking guidance and also caters for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

In an exclusive interview with the coordinator of the VCT centre there, Sr Regina Wamp, many concerns were raised on the AIDS epidemic that should be brought to relevant authorities as a high priority.

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