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LIBERIA: AIDS survey expected within the year

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JOHANNESBURG, 22 June (PLUSNEWS) - A survey to assess Liberia's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate could take place within six to 12 months, the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) has announced.

HIV/AIDS data collection in the West African nation has been patchy as a result of the 14-year civil war, which only ended in August last year.

"Due to the fighting over the years, we have not had an internationally acceptable standard [of data collection] to conduct a baseline survey. The best thing we could do is to put a mechanism in place, possibly within the next six to 12 months, where we could do a population-based prevalence survey," NACP head Dr James Duworko said in a statement.

The study is expected to produce the first national figures on people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia.



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