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BURKINA FASO: Survey shows drop in HIV/AIDS rates

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JOHANNESBURG, 10 May (PLUSNEWS) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Burkina Faso is more optimistic after new data suggested a decline in HIV/AIDS rates over the past year.

The country's 2004 sentinel survey, based on the voluntary testing of pregnant women at ante-natal clinics, found that the current AIDS prevalence rate of 4.2 percent represented a sharp fall from the 6.5 percent indicated in the 2003 survey.

"We are optimistic because the stabilisation we are seeing today is a result of a reasonable change in behaviour," the WHO representative in Burkina Faso, Dr Mohamed Hacen, told the UN news service, PlusNews.

Although the figures were encouraging, health experts warned that the survey results still gave no grounds for complacency.



Recent BURKINA FASO Reports
Government aims to put 30,000 on ARVs by 2010,  5/Jul/05
Returning migrants struggle to pay for AIDS treatment,  4/Feb/05
Government needs help to increase numbers on ARV, aid workers say,  31/Dec/04
NGOs seek local funds to access ARVs ,  8/Nov/04
Sentinel survey shows decline in AIDS prevalence,  7/May/04
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Youth against AIDS

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